As part of Major League Soccer’s fourth annual Greener Goals Week of Service, the New England Revolution partnered with the New England Aquarium to promote ocean protection and conservation during the week leading up to Earth Day.

The week began with a visit by a couple of Revolution players to our Quincy facility to see rehabilitating sea turtles, was followed by a joint beach cleanup effort, and culminated with the naming of one of our turtle rescue staff as Hero of the Match for Saturday’s rainy match against the New York Red Bulls and the auctioning of game-worn, all-recycled Parley jerseys by Adidas, with proceeds to benefit the Aquarium.  

Revolution player Antonio Delamea receives some quality facetime with a rehabilitating sea turtle at the Aquarium's Quincy facility.

The week began with a Monday visit by Revolution players Antonio Delamea and Diego Fagundez to the Aquarium’s Animal Care Center in Quincy to learn about our sea turtle rescue program. They were able to watch a sea turtle receive a checkup and see how our rescue staff treat the turtles that had been rescued, cold and hypothermic, from Cape Cod beaches. 

“The majority of the sea turtles we get here are Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, and they are the smallest and most endangered of the sea turtles, so … every one does count. Every one that we can (rehabilitate and return to the ocean) will make a difference,” said Linda Lory, Senior Biologist.

From Quincy, the group traveled to Boston to visit Myrtle the green sea turtle and the other marine animals at Central Wharf. 

“Today was just an overall A-plus experience for me …. In the offseason if I can volunteer and help them rescue (the sea turtles) then I will,” said Diego from the top of the Giant Ocean Tank.

Turtle Talk | Revs visit New England Aquarium

On Wednesday, a group of Revolution players and front office staff, volunteers from Special Olympics Massachusetts and Arbella Insurance, and Aquarium volunteers and staff traveled to Squaw Rock in Quincy to clean debris from the beach that overlooks Boston Harbor.

It was estimated the hardworking group removed more than 3,000 pounds of wooden flotsam and about 525 pounds of miscellaneous trash (and a small boat!) that could find its way back into the ocean. 

See photos from the effort.

The week’s activities concluded with the naming of Senior Biologist Linda Lory as Hero of the Match at Saturday’s game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Linda was treated to six VIP tickets to the game and was introduced to the crowd before the game.

Senior Biologist Linda Lory is introduced to the crowd at Gillette Stadium before the April 20, 2019, Revolution game
Senior Biologist Linda Lory is introduced to the crowd at rainy Gillette Stadium before the April 20, 2019, New England Revolution game.

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Diego Fagundez parley jersey

During Saturday’s home match, Revolution players wore eco-friendly, all-recycled Parley jerseys by adidas. Each jersey is crafted using Parley Ocean Plastic upcycled from plastic waste intercepted on beaches and in coastal communities. Following the match, the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned by the Revolution, and all proceeds will benefit the New England Aquarium.

The message “For the Oceans” is featured in the inside of the neck tape detailing, and the club’s name is featured on the back neck. This year’s Revolution jerseys come in bold “Blue Spirit” and “Legend Ink” colors to represent the depth of the oceans.

The collaboration also serves to encourage fans to decrease their use of single-use plastics and reinforce the importance of changing human attitude and behavior toward plastic pollution through the Parley AIR Strategy: Avoid. Intercept. Redesign.

Your auction contribution—and your visit to Central Wharf—helps protect the blue planet.