First Ever Steve Nash Foundation Los Angeles Showdown
Los Angeles, CA (July 15, 2013) – Following the success of the 6th edition of the New York Steve Nash Foundation Showdown in June, Swiss luxury watchmaker Girard-Perregaux was happy to support yesterday the first-ever Showdown in Los Angeles; the popular charity soccer match held by two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
Similar to its New York sister event, the pick-up style soccer match featured NBA and professional soccer players who joined forces to support the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to benefit underserved children. In addition to Steve Nash, the match included players including Jared Dudley (Los Angeles Clippers), Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets), Martín Zuñega and Carlos Bocanegra (Chivas MLS),Robbie Rodgers and Carlo Cudicini (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian McBride (former Columbus Crew player), Jovan Kirovski (assistant coach Los Angeles Galaxy), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), and former soccer players Brian Dunseth, Kyle Martino, John O’Brien, Claudio Suarez, and Simone Sandri.
The soccer match kicked off at 6:30 pm at the Red Shield Community Center in downtown Los Angeles, where fans filled the field, bleachers and crowded the entrance to see their favorite players. Before the game began, Girard-Perregaux awarded Robbie Rogers (above) for being a role model for young athletes around the world. In addition, Carlo Cudicini (was awarded as the game’s Most Valuable Player. Both players received a timepiece from the new Hawk Sports collection, the Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk. The Hawk collection has managed to establish its own identity while remaining true to Girard-Perregaux’s Manufacturing spirit.
After the match, Nash, fellow players, friends and fans gathered for Showdown After Hours, an invite-only cocktail party and live auction held at LA Live’s Target Terrace, where 100% of proceeds went to benefit the Foundation’s direct services to children around the world.
This sponsorship highlights Girard-Perregaux’s continued commitment to the world of sports and charity alike. Past honors to Steve Nash from Girard-Perregaux include a 1966 Full Calendar for his charitable work through his namesake foundation.
Girard-Perregaux is a Swiss high-end watch manufacturer tracing its origins back to 1791. The history of the brand is marked by legendary watches that combine sharp design with innovative technology such as the renowned Tourbillon with three gold bridges presented by Constant Girard-Perregaux in 1889 at the Paris Universal exhibition where he was awarded a gold medal. Devoted to the creation of state-of-the-art Haute Horlogerie, Girard-Perregaux is one of the very few watchmakers to unite all the skills of design and manufacture under the same roof including the forging of the “heart” of the watch, the movement. With over 80 registered patents, Girard-Perregaux is fully committed to research and development to constantly fuse its unique heritage into modern watchmaking. Girard-Perregaux is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories which develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands.
About the Steve Nash Foundation
The Steve Nash Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) and registered Canadian charity dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life. The Foundation works to increase access to critical needs resources at home and abroad to ensure that every child has a chance to grow. Showdown LA benefits the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to enhance research addressing child abuse outcomes and interventions. Learn more at stevenash.org.