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Orlando soccer stars Alex Morgan, Nani join Real Heroes Project to honor front line workers

The pair will join athletes from 14 different professional sports leagues to highlight the work of healthcare workers in their local communities.

Orlando City Soccer players, from left: Jhegson Sebastian Mendez, Nani, and Chris Mueller, walk onto the pitch during the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan and Orlando City captain Nani joined the “Real Heroes Project” initiative this week, partnering with athletes from across 14 professional sports leagues to praise workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Star athletes will dedicate their jerseys and uniforms to highlight healthcare workers in their communities.

Nani is one of three MLS players to join the initiative, along with Los Angeles Galaxy striker Chicharito and U.S men’s national team star Jozy Altidore. Morgan joins the project along with U.S. women’s national teammate Carli Lloyd.

With their jersey tributes, Nani and Morgan will highlight Dr. Raymond Franklin and Dr. Steve Chung. The pair work for Orlando Health and have used their pathology and laboratory teams to create a COVID-19 test that provides a result within hours.

The project will begin releasing thank you messages from each player beginning on May 6.

Lloyd shared her jersey dedication ahead of National Nurses Day, which will be celebrated Wednesday, and highlighted a New Jersey nurse Henry Snyder.

 

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