The World Cup is coming! Aside from eagerly awaiting the opening ceremony wardrobe choice of the Italian National Men’s Team, the kick-off is going to be one for the history books.
According to NewScientist:
The first kick of the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil might not come from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Instead, if all goes to plan, a teenager paralysed from the waist down will use the world’s most advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton to swing at the ball.
The spectacle will showcase the Walk Again Project, an international collaboration using technology to overcome paralysis. The team’s exoskeleton supports the lower body and is controlled by patterns of brain activity detected by electrodes placed either on the scalp or within the brain itself. These signals are sent wirelessly to a computer worn by the wearer, that converts them into movements. The kicker will be one of a small group of people training in Brazil with a virtual exoskeleton before trying the real thing. Continue reading →
The Houston Dynamo today unveiled the player rosters for the Brian Ching Testimonial Match, set for Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium. Also announced were details for fundraising and tribute events set for this week.
The Brian Ching Testimonial Match, presented by BBVA Compass, will celebrate the career of the retiring forward. Proceeds from the match will benefit Ching’s charitable initiative, The House that Ching Built, which benefits Habitat for Humanity and aims to construct a new home for a family in the Houston community. The match brings the global-soccer tradition of celebrating retiring players to Houston and will honor Ching’s career as he retires from professional soccer. Continue reading →
Collaboration empowered 150 children through sports in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
On July 18th and 19th, Give-A-Ball Foundation teamed up with Haiti-based J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) to carry out the Give-A-Ball Journey Program, a series of soccer clinics and tournament-style games held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The event offered 150 girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 14 the opportunity to engage in team-oriented sports, while building and improving their athletic skills and reinforcing fundamentals vital to their development.
Tosin Fawibe, Founder and President of Give-A-Ball Foundation, Inc., sees the partnership as an opportunity to impact the lives of children in a powerful, memorable way. “Our Give-A-Ball Journey Program in Haiti was an amazing experience that allowed us to connect with the local children through soccer,” he said. “I’m glad our organization could join forces with J/P HRO to put smiles on the faces of 150 children and, more importantly, to reinforce health, fitness, education, teamwork, and character fundamentals that will help these children as they grow and develop—on and off the soccer field.” Continue reading →
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), BrianMcBride (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. Continue reading →
Exclusive short film directed by Guy Ritchie to celebrate the launch of the updated David Beckham Bodywear for H&M collection. Available in selected stores and online at http://www.hm.com/beckham-spring-2013 on February 6th.
Nearly 6.6 billion people will make the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) soccer tournament one of the most watched public events in malaria-endemic Africa, and soccer stars are harnessing the power of Africa’s most popular sport as United Against Malaria Champions to combat the disease and educate the public.
The biggest names in African football and the top political leaders in Africa’s malaria fight signed onto the campaign, and lent their time to record public messages about malaria for their African audience. These include five elite footballers and five African presidents, including football legends Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o, and the first-ever female African head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. TV, radio ads, and billboards were created which feature the players and presidents, targeting policy-makers and decision makers about investments in malaria programs, as well promoting calls-to-action with simple steps to prevent and treat malaria.
You might even win some Drogba signed swag for getting involved: Check out the 2-minute quiz available on the United Against Malaria Facebook page and to learn more about the campaign follow the AFCON games live at www.supersport.com/live-video. (Source: One.org)
Legends and current MLS players such as Mia Hamm, Cobi Jones, Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and Landon Donovan are just a few of the players who have committed to playing Soccer in Newtown tonight as part of a grassroots ‘give-back’ effort started by Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti.
On the Monday after the shooting, Canetti got in touch with one of the only people he still knew connected to the Connecticut soccer scene: Eric Da Costa, head coach of the Quinnipiac University soccer men’s soccer team. (Canetti is an alumnus of Quinnipiac.) Da Costa got the ball rolling, reaching out to youth soccer people in the area, including the Connecticut Football Club youth program, and suddenly things were in motion…What emerged — and has quickly picked up momentum — is “Soccer Night in Newtown,” a special event taking place on January 7 and open only to Newtown residents and members of the Newtown Youth Soccer Club. Local families and children will be able to meet MLS and US national team stars, play in small-sided games, and spend an afternoon thinking about the beautiful game rather than the ugliness of recent events.
Through MLS W.O.R.K.S., more than 30 MLS players confirmed their involvement, including Houston’s Brad Davis and Brian Ching, the LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, the New England Revolution’s Matt Reis, and the San Jose Earthquakes’ Marcus Tracy, who grew up in Newtown and whose mother once taught at Sandy Hook Elementary School…US national team stars, including Cobi Jones, Alexi Lalas, Mia Hamm, and Connecticut native Kristine Lilly, also quickly pledged to take part.
Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo is kicking off 2013 as Save the Children’s new Global Artist Ambassador. In his new role, Cristiano will fight child hunger and obesity, and promote physical activity and healthy eating.
“When I learned that 1 in 7 kids around the world go to bed hungry each night, I jumped at the chance to get involved,” said Cristiano Ronaldo. “It is an honor to join Save the Children. I want to work with them to make sure that fewer parents will have to struggle with putting the right kinds of food on the table. I also want to encourage kids to get out there, get active and get fit.” Continue reading →
Athletes and Celebrities Team Up with the ILO to End Slavery
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is just one of the celebrities who has joined forces with the ILO – the International Labour Organization – to fight modern-day slavery.
The campaign, “End Slavery Now” is supported by a number of Hollywood celebrities and activists including: Cher, Mila Kunis, Ron Howard, Oliver Stone, Kellan Lutz, Sérgio Mendes, anti-trafficking champion Somaly Mam and Jada Pinkett Smith. Continue reading →
According to the Daily Record, Snoop Dogg-er, Snoop Lion is ready to shell out big bucks to invest in (soccer club) Celtics after they beat Barcelona in the Champions League this year.
Snoop, in his own words:
“I got a lot of interest in soccer. It’s not a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in sports teams but it is a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in soccer teams…I didn’t catch the whole Barcelona game but I watched the highlights. I know Barcelona are a big deal, and it shows Celtic are a big deal as well.”
The team, estimated to be worth about $47M, had the highest average home attendance of any Scottish club for 2010/2011 season, and Snoop wants a piece.
“I see how passionate Celtic fans are about their team and I could see myself making an investment if any of the board wanted to sell…I haven’t really thought how much. I don’t need to run a soccer club but enough of a percentage to get me on the board so I can be heard…I want to bring a bit of Snoop to things…I am passionate about my sport. The boxes at Celtic would never be the same once I have hosted a party there.” (True dat: Snoop was once banned from coming to the UK after a series of drug and firearms offences but now he’s allowed back.) Continue reading →
KYCK Will Donate $1 to Generosity Water for Every User “Check-In” On Soccer Social Platform
Professional soccer player, member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, and humanitarian Jozy Altidore has teamed up with KYCK.com, a digital media startup providing a personalized soccer social experience, to raise money for the people of Haiti through Generosity Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the water crisis in developing countries. Starting today, Monday, November 12 through Wednesday, November 14, KYCK will donate $1 to Altidore’s cause for each user who “checks-ins” to the Generosity Water special events page on KYCK. (http://kyck.com/#/GenerosityWater)
The global water crisis in Haiti, which affects thousands, is near to Altidore’s heart as both of his parents were born in Haiti. All funds raised by KYCK and the Jozy Altidore Foundation, a non-profit organization to help underprivileged children and those in need of assistance, will go directly to Generosity Water to help create a new water well in Haiti and provide clean water to those in need. Continue reading →
Beckham received a major blow today…hot stuff’s been widely expected to be named as one of the three over-age players in Stuart Pearce’s Under-23 squad for the London Games in July and August…but it’s not gonna happen. Beckham has been left OFF the squad.
“’Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team GB squad…Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me,” Beckham, 37, said in quotes relayed by his spokesman on Thursday. “As a Londoner, I will have been really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of Seb’s [Coe] team, and I can’t wait for the games to begin and enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain.”
As a globally recognized figure, he has had a major role both in London winning the Olympics and in the build-up to the Games, helping bring the flame back from Greece.
He had been tipped by media to light the stadium cauldron when the Games begin in his east London birthplace on July 27.
This now looks unlikely while he definitely will not be able to be the British flag bearer at the opening ceremony as he is not competing.
Critics who believe football has an uneasy place in the Games because of the vast sums of money professionals earn had said they would be uncomfortable with the Olympics becoming a “David Beckham show”.
Huh? Even in his prime, I don’t recall any Olympic games that turned into “a David Beckham show.” Beckham was part of the closing ceremony at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the London 2012 team…that seemed to go well, no?
Beckham told reporters last month: “I don’t want to be picked on a shirt sale or a stadium filler. I want to be picked because of what I can bring to the team.”
Apparently, the finicky Brits are done with the man who brings class and talent to the games. Because that is what he represents-and sex appeal of course. We suspect his absence is going to cause a bigger side-show than his involvement would have.
It was less than a year ago that Golden Balls-acting as a Paralympics Games Ambassador- joined Team GB’s visually impaired footballers for their training session-and scored a goal while blindfolded. Apparently, even that doesn’t qualify him for the squad.
Grammy Award winner Macy Gray has been doing something amazing…i-ACT Founder/Director Gabriel Stauring shared the below note this morning…if you are out of the loop, read my interview with Stauring HERE…and mark your calendars for this weekends ‘One Strong Kick’ event to benefit DU.
EVENT: i-ACT, a South Bay-based non-profit grassroots activist organization, will present a fundraising event and exhibit entitled, “ONE STRONG KICK,” benefiting The 2012 Darfur United All-Refugee Soccer Team from Darfur, Sudan, which will compete for the coveted Nelson Mandela Trophy in the 2012 Viva World Cup to be held in Iraqi Kurdistan from June 5 – 9, 2012. The fundraising event will be held at a private residence in Manhattan Beach, CA on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Continue reading →
Two big events going on in Hermosa Beach this Summer…first, the LA Galaxy will host it inaugural LA Galaxy Sand Soccer Showcase from June 29-July 1 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
“The LA Galaxy are excited to host our first-ever beach soccer event and to kick off what promises to be an exciting summer of soccer,” Galaxy Vice President Chris Klein said. “Being a professional soccer team in Southern California, there is no better way to celebrate the culture of soccer in this region than by hosting this tournament.”
Perks include…free beach soccer clinic sponsored by the LA Galaxy on Friday, June 29th, in Hermosa beach at 7:00 pm….watch the Galaxy Futboleros perform and learn some of their tricks…meet LA Galaxy players…team goodie bags with LA Galaxy items…each team receives 8 tickets to the LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA game on July 21 at 7:00 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. More info: http://www.lagalaxy.com/sandsoccershowcase
And if that’s not your thing, also in the sand for a separate event…the Third Annual Running of “The Hermosa 24” will take place the weekend of June 30th in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Continue reading →
“We can’t turn a blind eye to the tens of thousands of young children who die every day in the developing world mostly from causes that are preventable.” – David Beckham
UNICEF offices around the world are engaging in immunization campaigns and raising awareness about the importance of vaccines to child survival for World Immunization Week…today is also World Malaria Day…in 2010 almost half of the world’s population were at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 216 million malaria cases and an estimated 655,000 deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable. Continue reading →
“They have had nothing positive to celebrate and have been losing hope of any future beyond the confines of the refugee camp. This team means so much more to them than just a game of football. It gives all refugees something to celebrate, and it gives them a connection to the outside world.” ~i-ACT Founder and Director Gabriel Stauring
The dream is shaping up for Darfur United…as reported earlier, we will be following the progress of this amazing all-refugee soccer team.
Sixty-one players tried-out for a spot on the team in a refugee camp close to the Chad-Sudan border…they came from the twelve refugee camps that dot the area…fifteen players were chosen…this team will represent Darfur, the embattled region of Sudan, in the 2012 Viva World Cup in June, a soccer tournament for nationless people and other groups not represented by FIFA, the international soccer federation. Continue reading →