On Monday, Houston Dynamo players and coaches participated in the eighth annual Tommy Bahama Island Cowboy Classic at The Woodlands Country Club. More than 30 teams participated in the event which included Dynamo forwards Brian Ching and Will Bruin, midfielder Andrew Driver, defenders Bobby Boswell and Mike Chabala and coaches Dominic Kinnear and Steve Ralston.
Proceeds from the event benefitted the Woodlands Shooting Stars Special Olympics and Dynamo Charities, presented by The Halliburton Charitable Foundation.
I'm going to be honest with you. This is one of the most fun videos you will watch this year.
Jared Montz, a former professional soccer player, has teammed up with the Nothing but Nets campaign to raise awareness for the need for malaria nets in Africa. According to the organization, a child dies of malaria every 60 seconds.
As part of the campaign, Montz visited MLS cities across the U.S. and filmed himself juggling in and around stadiums as well as with players on the various teams. In Houston, Mike Chabala, Bobby Boswell and Ricardo Clark joined Montz for his video. Check out the video below and click here to learn more about how you can juggle to save lives.
What a fantastic start to 2013 for Dynamo Charities! The annual Fire Sale was a great success and with the support of Dynamo season ticket holders, we were able to raise more than $40,000 for Dynamo Charities initiatives throughout the year. A huge thanks to everyone who made the event a success, from the BBVA Compass Stadium staff to the volunteers to Kroger for donating the bags and all of our sponsors. More than 700 season ticket holders purchased Dynamo gear, but the event went smoothly and I could not be more happy. A big thank you to Dynamo Charities board member Rob Denton for getting us “squared” away on credit card readers.
At the Fire Sale, we also sold 50 seats for Dine with the Dynamo (or Picnic with the Players as I call it) set for April 16 at the stadium. Limited tickets remain, so I encourage everyone to act quickly. Seats can be purchased at www.houstondynamo.com/sidekicks. Proceeds from the event, along with funds from Rotary Club of Houston Skyline, will help fund a youth soccer field on the east side of downtown.
This week, we honored Calen Carr and the Dynamo staff for their work with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Many of the Dynamo front office have “littles” now at Rusk Elementary, and we all know it takes more than a knee injury to keep Calen from hanging out with his “little”.
Our sponsor, Halliburton Charitable Foundation, is offering an easy way for fans to raise money for Dynamo Charities. Halliburton will donate $5 for every "like" or "share" that we receive on this post. Please take two seconds to hit the button, so we can continue to put on great events in the Houston community.
We will soon announce details for your chance to golf at the TPC with some of the Dynamo players – hold your calendar for Monday, April 22 and look for information on how to register for the Tommy Bahama Golf Tournament.
Also, don’t forget Houston Tour de Cure on Saturday, September 21. You can sign up today and start raising money at: www.diabetes.org/houstontourdecure. Please contact Marc Vasquez if your company would like to sponsor us and have their logo be part of the coolest bike jersey in town.
In future blogs I'll share details on more great events including: Go for Goal 5K and Diesel Fun Run, when you can get a really good haircut (think just in time for school) and a new event where we will have a toy drive at the stadium.
Please check back for my next blog or follow me on Twitter (@dynamochrtytony) for more regular updates.
On Tuesday, the Dynamo and Dynamo Charities, presented by Halliburton, kicked off the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program at Rusk Elementary School in Houston's East End.
The program was funded through fan donations as well as through Calen Carr's "Big Play" campaign, which included a celebrity bowling event last October. The initiatives combined to raised more than $5,000 to jump-start the mentoring program. Mentors included Dynamo forward Calen Carr, team president Chris Canetti as well as 15 members of the Dynamo front office.
“We’ve got a lot of people from the Dynamo front office who have really gotten behind (this initiative), and we’re looking to keep the momentum going at this point," Carr said. "The impact we’ve been able to have on Rusk Elementary has been huge just in the short time that we’ve been here. It has been a fun and rewarding experience coming in here every week. I have a good time with my little brother. We hang out, play board games...he usually destroys me at “Connect 4”, but I’m working on it. I think this is a good imprint for the Dynamo and really good for the community as well.”
As a result of these efforts, Big Brothers Big Sisters named the Houston Dynamo its 2013 Community Partner of the Year.
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What a bittersweet week for Dynamo Charities. Sweet in the sense we had a great board meeting finishing up the plans for our wonderful events and programs for 2013. Bitter in that this week includes the last day for our executive director, Lori Ginsburg. Lori has been with us since day one, and has been the energy, commitment and drive behind Dynamo Charities growth since 2008. While we understand her decision, we will miss her spirit and can do attitude. Best wishes to you Lori!
On to our 2013 events. We are about a week away from the annual Fire Sale, part of the Meet the Team day at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 9. We will have lots of reasonably priced Dynamo and adidas merchandise available. This is a private season ticket holder event only, another great reason to join me as a Dynamo Season Ticket Holder. (With Opening Day this Saturday, get your tickets now.) For those veterans of the Fire Sale, note that we will have bags this year generously donated by Kroger’s.
At the Fire Sale we will be providing information on our upcoming event with Dynamo Sidekicks – a picnic style Dine with the Dynamo set for April 16. More information will also be on the website soon, but mark your calendars now.
The annual American Diabetes Association Houston Tour de Cure bike ride will be held Saturday, September 21. Dynamo Charities and Houston Dynamo are again sponsoring a ride team. You can bike as little as 10 miles or an amazing 100 miles, or somewhere in between – and if you join our team and raise at least $150, you get, by far, the coolest bike jersey in town. Our goal is 200 riders and $75,000 raised. You can sign up today and start raising money at: www.diabetes.org/houstontourdecure. From the site you can register to ride with us, or I would appreciate your support if you would consider a donation. Dynamo senior director of corporate development Bryan Kraham is the lead for the Dynamo bike team. Please contact him if you would like to sponsor us and be part of the coolest bike jersey around.
If you have questions on Dynamo Charities, all board members wear the Space City blue polos to games (as I am modelling above), so find us and ask. A list of current board members can be found at http://www.houstondynamo.com/charities/board. Look forward to seeing you on Opening Day.
As the year goes on, I will use this blog to give you a heads up for our events. Please check back on a regular basis and follow me on Twitter @DynamoChrtyTony.
Rusk Elementary School, a school in Houston's East End that has been adopted by the Houston Dynamo, saw the latest addition to its library arrive on Wednesday.
Last year, the Houston Dynamo donated the funds to upgrade the nook in the library as part of the Building a Better Mind program, presented by BBVA Compass.
On Wednesday, the nook saw the addition of a new area rug. The rug was donated by The Oriental Rug Gallery and Room ReDo Interior Design.
The Houston Dynamo would like to thank all of our partners as we continue to help the youth in our community and build a better Houston.
Welcome to my new blog on all things Dynamo Charities. Throughout the year, I will provide updates and information on Dynamo Charities events and happenings.
Before I talk about our 2013 program, let me take a minute to wrap up 2012. We ended the year with the annual Dynamo Celebration, and what a perfect end it was to a near perfect season. Held at the Hotel Zaza, the event was simply fantastic. Glenn Davis did a marvelous job as emcee, the auction went well and everyone had a great time. It was THE event to cap the year for Dynamo Charities.
Other notable events last year included Calen Carr's bowling event at 300 Houston, Will Bruin's Bald is Beautiful head-shaving event, fighting breast cancer with Bobby Boswell, the Kroger shopping spree with Brian and the Ching's Champions and our annual salute to the military with Brad’s Brigade. I want to thank all the players for their work in 2012, as well as each of you that supported one or more of our events. 2012 was our most successful year yet, and the Dynamo Charities Board of Directors along with Executive Director Lori Ginsburg are excited for 2013.
We will have all of the fan favorite events back in 2013. Our first event for the year will again be the Fire Sale, where lots of Dynamo gear from last season will be available generally at discounted prices. The sale will be held the same day as our annual Meet the Team Day, and is open only to season ticket holders. So if the play on the field or the fantastic stadium is not reason enough to be a season ticket holder, then Meet the Team Day and the Fire Sale should be!
As we move into the season, we will announce specific information for initiatives such as Brad’s Brigade, Bald is Beautiful and Bobby Boots Cancer. We are also hoping to have a few new initiatives this year and we hope to release full details soon
In September, we will again form a team to ride in the ADA Tour de Cure (with the coolest bike jersey you'll find) and we will of course end the year with Dynamo Celebration
Thanks for taking the time to read my first blog. I hope to provide regular community updates throughout the year. You can also follow me on Twitter @dynamochrtytony for up-to-date information on Dynamo Charities initiatives.
We look forward to taking another step forward in 2013, and with your support, we can make a big impact in the Houston community.
Thanks for your help!
Over the past four years, Dynamo Charities, presented by The Halliburton Charitable Foundation, has parterned with the Teammates for Kids foundation to fund various initiatives in the Houston community. Originally founded by country music star Garth Brooks, Teammates for Kids focuses on helping children in the areas of health, education, and inner-city outreach.
Each year, Teammates donates a grant to Dynamo Charities. That money has been put toward projects including Soccer for Success, Big Brother Big Sister mentoring programs as well as Soccer Night in Newtown.
Why are we talking about this partnership now? Because from now until January 18, Garth Brooks will donate $1 to the foundation for every new follower to the @Teammates4Kids Twitter account.
Brian Ching did it and so should you!
— Brian Ching (@brianching) January 13, 2013
In case you missed it, Dynamo players Brian Ching, Corey Ashe, Ricardo Clark and Cam Weaver joined more than 40 current and former professional players for Soccer Night in Newtown, a community event designed to help the residents of Newtown cope following the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Here is a report that ESPN's Bob Ley did on the event.