My football-fanatic fiancé (that’s European football, mind you) tipped me off to a great charity event happening this afternoon in New York City’s Chinatown. The second annual “Showdown in Chinatown,” which is coordinated by the Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash, pits international pro soccer players against an assorted group of NBA all-stars, all in the name of raising money for Football-for-Good, Nash’s charity. Football-for-Good helps bring team sports to war-ravaged countries in Africa, and aims to “develop world-class youth football (soccer)
academies that are sustainable, community-centered social businesses in
regions that have been ravaged by war.“ They’re working to support “human rights and child protection, and a committed
global advocate for African players, families and their communities.“
This year, in addition to Nash himself (who famously plays soccer in NYC during the off-season to stay in shape), star athletes expected to attend include Claudio Reyna, Thierry Henry, Tony Parker, Javier Zanetti,
Raja Bell, Adrian Mutu, Chris Bosh, Ivan Cordoba, Grant Hill, and
Giovanni van Brockhurst. And there’s a rumor that Yao Ming may swing by. Check out the video that Nash put together to “recruit” the players, it’s a whirlwind of travel, and must have been a blast to shoot.
Kickoff starts at 6 p.m. today in Chinatown’s Sarah D. Roosevelt Park and it’s free to watch. But I can’t help but think it’s already packed, so maybe you can sit on Yao Ming’s shoulders.