Don't feel left out because the USA isn't part of Euro Cup '12. It's a bit upsetting that instead of showdowns vs. European power-houses, the US is playing unexciting World Cup qualifiers vs. Antigua and Barbuda, but that doesn't mean there's no soccer going on here on our home turf.
In fact, we have our own showdown in New York to look forward to.
On June 27th at 6:30 PM in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Steve Nash, the famous Phoenix Suns point guard from South Africa, is holding he and soccer player Claudia Reyna's 5th annual Showdown to support Nash's Steve Nash Foundation. The foundation, "growing health in kids," is "dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education, and development of life," according to its site.
The Showdown, a soccer game between NBA and international soccer players, has not only drawn large crowds, but an array of popular athletes. Aside from Nash and Reyna, New York Red Bull Thierry Henry, New York Knick Baron Davis, San Antonio Spur Tony Parker, and Chris Bosh, who is playing tonight in game 1 of the NBA Championship, are just a few players who have attended the Showdown in previous years. This year, Nash has announced that he'll be promoting the game through Twitter, and thus participants will be announced via his foundation's Twitter account - [@SteveNashFdn].
Although you unfortunately can't participate in the 8-on-8 match (unless you want to pay $20,000 for the donate-to-play package), you can watch the game for free in the park's first-come, first-serve bleachers. If you want to make a larger donation, you can purchase a $500 ticket package that includes shirts, VIP credentials, and an invitation to the Showdown After Hours-- a post-game charity auction hosted by Nash and an unannounced guest.
The game will happen rain or shine, but if you can't make it, you can purchase tee-shirts and jewelry from the [foundation's website].
Fortunately, this might not be the last of Nash New Yorkers will see. Aside from the possibility of a Showdown next year, there are also murmurs of Nash joining the Knicks by next season.
That's something I'd definitely donate for.
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