Soccer News: PUMA Presents Project Pink Celebrity Soccer Game for Breast Cancer Month
Titan Stadium was awash in pink on Saturday, October 13, as the PUMA Project Pink Celebrity Soccer Game took the field to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition, PUMA announced the 2012 Project Pink Charity Winner, a breast cancer-related organization chosen by a vote of the public.
Once again the winner was the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation in voting that began in July through the PUMA Project Pink website. Thousands of fans rallied from around the nation to nominate and vote for their favorite organizations. Supporters also tweeted #projectpink, bought Project Pink gear and attended Project Pink events around the nation, all to support the fight against breast cancer.
Through the efforts of these supporters, PUMA was able to donate $100,000 to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, with additional funds to be tallied through the end of October. The announcement came in a pre-game ceremony, with celebrities and professional athletes in attendance at mid-field. After the ceremony, these same athletes and celebrities took part in the Project Pink Celebrity Soccer Game.
A number of film and television celebrities took part in the event. Among those from the realm of Hollywood were Josh Bowman, Barry Sloane and Conor Paolo of ABC’s Revenge, Charlie Bewley of Twilight, Aimee Teegarden of NBC’s Friday Night Lights, Jessica Stroup and Matt Lanter of CW’s 90210, Jonny Weston of Chasing Mavericks and Peter Dante of Jack and Jill, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Grandma’s Boy and musician and bass player for Tool, Justin Chancellor.
The soccer world was well represented with both men’s and women’s stars taking the field. Current U.S. Women’s National Team member and 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Amy Rodriguez led the list, along with gold medalist and two-time world champion Julie Foudy. Also from the world of women’s soccer were gold medalist and U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame member Joy Fawcett and 2012 WPSL Elite League players Leslie Osborne, McCall Zerboni and Bianca D’Agostino. International players included current Canadian Women’s National Team members Karina LeBlanc and Kaylyn Kyle, former Canadian player and current FOX Soccer analyst Kara Lang, and English Women’s National Team members Alex Scott and Emmy Bryne.
From the men’s side, the roster included both current and former Major League Soccer (MLS) players and former U.S. Men’s National Team members. D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit, Marcelo Sarvas of the LA Galaxy, and New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis topped the list, with De Rosario and Reis acting as celebrity team coaches. Also on the pitch were former MLS and USMNT players Kasey Keller, Ante Razov and Alexi Lalas.
Congratulations to the players, fans and especially to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, and thanks to PUMA Project Pink for making it all possible.
Puma Project Pink Celebrity Soccer Game
On Saturday, October 13, Titan Stadium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton will turn pink as the PUMA Project Pink Celebrity Soccer Game takes the pitch as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Current and former soccer stars will join other celebrities to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as PUMA asks players and fans: “Who do you wear your pink for?”
The event will also include the announcement of the 2012 Project Pink recipient, a breast cancer awareness charity chosen by a vote of visitors to the PUMA Project Pink website. PUMA will donate 100% of all profits from the sale of Project Pink merchandise, as well as $1 for every time a fan tweets the hastag #projectpink on Twitter. In 2011 Project Pink donated over $100,000 to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the goal is to beat that amount this year.
Project Pink kicked of the 2012 challenge in July with nominations for deserving charities. Supporters in the past have nominated a variety of charities, including everything form support groups to research organizations. Voting began on September 24 and will continue until October 5. One of the many organizations eligible is the Kickin’ It Challenge, which held its first annual fundraising tournament in Poway this summer.
In its third year, Project Pink is rooted in women’s soccer, and several top names will be on the pitch for the charity match. Current U.S. Women’s National Team member and 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Amy Rodriguez and former USWNT members and gold medalists Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett top the list. Other women’s soccer players expected for the match include a number of current and former internationals from the U.S., Canada, England and Ireland.
Hollywood will also provide its share of names for the event. Currently the list includes Josh Bownman of ABC’s Revenge, Charlie Bewley of Twilight, Aimee Teegarden of NBC’s Friday Night Lights and Peter Dante, who has appeared in several films with Adam Sandler. Many other celebrities are expected for the event.
The celebrity teams will be coached by 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario and New England Revolution’s Matt Reis. Also confirmed for the Celebrity Soccer game are former MLS and four-time FIFA World Cup player Kasey Keller, current MLS player Jay Demerit, Canada Women’s National Team members Karina LeBlanc and Kaylyn Kyle, former Canada WNT player and current FOX Soccer broadcaster Kara Lang, Ireland Women’s National Team member Emma Byrne, England international Alex Scott, and 2012 WPSL Elite players McCall Zerboni, Leslie Osborne and Bianca D’Agostino.
“I am so excited to be getting out on the field for such a worth cause,” Foudy told Project Pink. “It is really important to help young women and men feel empowered to get involved and make a difference. Project Pink provides a great outlet for them to take action.”
“We are excited to add this match to our Project Pink programming for 2012, said Tara McRae, who is PUMA North America Vice President of Strategic Planning & Brand Management. “With the mix of talents on the field it is sure to be a fun game. We are so pleased that these athletes and guests would lend their time to help in the fight against breast cancer.”
The Project Pink Charity Soccer Game is the culmination of PUMA’s yearly Project Pink initiatives. The day event will feature a celebrity soccer game, an autograph signing, prizes, PUMA merchandise, and a fun family environment. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Project Pink initiative.
Project Pink Charity Soccer Game Specifics
Who: PUMA Endorsed Athletes and Celebrities
What: Charity Soccer Game with athletes and celebrity players – Final fundraising effort for Project Pink
When: Saturday, October 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: Titan Stadium at Cal State Fullerton (800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831)
How: $15 tickets available through www.puma.com/projectpink or http://www.ticketmaster.com
In a side note to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the giant Welcome to Las Vegas sign that greets visitors to the city has been fitted with pink light bulbs. The iconic sign will shine pink for the entire month of October as part of the month-long awareness program.