Los Angeles, CA (March 20th, 2013) —Today two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced the seventh year of his popular charity soccer match, the Steve Nash FoundationShowdown, will return Wednesday, June 26, 2013, to New York City, and debut Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Los Angeles, a first for California and supported by AEG. Nash made the announcement today at a press event at The Salvation Army Red Shield Community & Youth Center in the Pico Union section of Downtown Los Angeles.
This year’s Showdowns are sponsored by Naked Pizza, AXS TV, MLS, Phebe’s Tavern and JAWBONE. Sponsorship information is available by contacting The Steve Nash Foundation.
Showdown is a fast-paced, competitive 8-a-side soccer match featuring NBA and professional soccer players, joining forces to support the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to benefit underserved children. Following the match, Nash, fellow players, friends and fans will gather for Showdown After Hours, a cocktail party and live auction. All proceeds from ticket, auction, and merchandise sales will benefit the Foundation’s work to increase access to high-quality early learning resources to children through Educare, and SNF’s platform to advance research around root causes of child abuse and trauma-informed care, ICAIV.
The Los Angeles and New York Showdowns will both be televised by Time Warner Cable on sports networks across the country. In Los Angeles and San Diego, the Showdowns will air on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, as well as on Time Warner Cable’s local HD channels. Exclusive Time Warner Cable SportsChannels in markets including New York, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas will also televise the events. Showdown coverage will air in both English and Spanish and will feature game highlights, behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews with the athletes, all in support of Steve’s community work.
“The Steve Nash Foundation’s Showdowns combine three things we’re very passionate about – basketball, soccer and helping local children in need,” said Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager, TWC Sports Regional Networks. “We’re very proud to support Steve by televising both the Los Angeles and New York events to Time Warner Cable subscribers across the country.”
Full rosters will not be announced prior to game time. Past players have included international professional soccer standouts Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal), Claudio Reyna (USA), andJavier Zanetti (Inter), and World Cup-winners Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), and Patrick Vieira, along with an array of stars from England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A, and NBA stars Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Baron Davis (NY Knicks), Grant Hill (Phoenix Suns), Elton Brand (Dallas Mavericks), Brandon Jennings(Milwaukee Bucks), and Chris Bosh (Miami Heat).
Tickets and VIP packages to the Steve Nash Showdown and Showdown After Hours are available now at www.SteveNash.org/Showdown. For more information on purchasing VIP packages, please contact Matt Schuman at (213)742-7194. Live insights into this year’s events, archived materials and prizes (including autographed merchandise) will be on the official@SteveNashFdn twitter handle.