Major League Soccer, Audi and The Players’ Tribune announced Friday that Nashville SC defender Taylor Washington will be featured in the “Celebrating Impact” content series for his “demonstration of excellence in driving progress in his community”.
Washington, a USL original, has been in Music City since the start of the 2018, becoming a fan-favorite for his work in the community and his immediate embrace of the fanbase. Washington has proactively worked to help the homeless community in Nashville with the Nashville Rescue Mission, visiting sick children at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, and collaborating with Make-A-Wish Tennessee.
Washington has been vocal about his relationship with Dominic Liples, a boy Washington became close with in 2016 who tragically passed away from cancer.
Audi will donate $20,000 to the Nashville Rescue Mission in honor of Washington through the Audi Goals Drive Progress initiative.
“Nashville Rescue Mission serves over 1,600 meals and people a day, and their work is life changing for people in the Nashville community by helping them to be seen and live their lives,” said Washington in MLS’s press release. “To watch so many people come in and be fed is extremely humbling, and I know that the Nashville Rescue Mission is going to do so much with the contribution that Audi is providing them through the Audi Goals Drive Progress fund. The funds are going into great hands and will make a difference in the lives of people who deserve and need it.”
Washington was recently honored by Nashville SC as the club’s Humanitarian of the Year. He has been nominated for the MLS Humanitarian of the Year award for the last three seasons.