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Free soccer event at a park in Vancouver - NBA player Steven Nash encouraged

Free soccer event at a park in Vancouver - NBA player Steven Nash encouraged

A free soccer event “Showdown in Downtown” will be organized by a NBA player Steven Nash at a park in Yaletown, Vancouver.

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 The free soccer event “Showdown in Downtown” will be held at David Lam Park in Yaletown, Vancouver (1300 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver) on September 19th. It is organized by the charity organization “Steve Nash Foundation” that Steven Nash has launched. He is a professional basketball player (NBA Phoenix Suns) from Vancouver.

 This foundation was established 2001 and has been supporting at health, education, mental for underprivileged children who are not only B.C. but also Paraguay and Uganda. The charity event has the purpose of promoting the foundation and fund rising. A similar event has succeeded in Chinatown, New York in June.

 NBA players and professional soccer players who support the spirit of this event will play soccer at a special field in the park on that day. Some experienced players who will take part in the game includes Baron Davis (Los Angeles Clippers) and Yao Ming (Houston Rockets), Hasheem Thabeet (Memphis Grizzlies) who is expected to be a great player in the NBA starting this season.

 Steve has been managing the local professional soccer team Vancouver Whitecaps since last year. His brother Martin Nash also plays as a captain on the team. Major players of Whitecaps will appear at the event to cheer them on.

 “I am very excited that we are able to hold such a here in my hometown which was successful in New York. I hope local young players become motivated by seeing world class players’ play in front of their own eyes.” said Steven.

 A street festival will also be held around the park (from 1pm to 6pm). Kickoff will be at 3pm. Admission is free. A charity dinner will held on the evening of September 18th, an after will be held on the evening of September 19th (admission fee required) where, socializing with the players is possible.

(Translated by Sayaka Komatsu and Haruko Taki)

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