On Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to be at the 2014 Shell Legacy Award dinner and see a true Houston community hero—and a friend—honored in Brian Ching. If you don’t know about the Shell Legacy Award, it was established in 2008 and recognizes and honors individuals who have greatly impacted and improved the local community. Past recipients include former First Lady Barbara Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker III, former Dallas Cowboy and Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (who sat at Brian’s table last night) and former Heavyweight Champion George Foreman.
Dynamo President Chris Canetti and the first House that Ching Built recipient Teresa Urbano spoke about Brian’s commitment and dedication to making Houston a better place. Chris touched on his accomplishments on and off the field (which are many), and Teresa really brought a personal viewpoint to all Brian has achieved in the community.
The one area where Brian really excelled was around setting the tone in the Dynamo locker room. Not only did he tell his teammates how important it is to give back to the community, he went out and led the way for him. A true leader is one who can talk the talk and then back it up personally by walking the walk. Through his work with Recipe for Success, Habitat for Humanity, Ching’s Champions, Building a Better Houston and visiting kids, taking pictures, giving autographs, etc., Brian showed his teammates what it truly means to be part of the Houston community. I think he said it best last night: “Neighbors helping neighbors—that’s what it is all about.”
We at Dynamo Charities are so glad that we have had the chance to work with Brian—and will continue to work with him to do a third House that Ching Built next year. Thanks to the donation tied to the Shell Legacy Award and additional money that Dynamo Charities has raised, we are only a few thousand dollars short of accomplishing that goal. Get involved—help us get there and then help build the house next year.
And the best news of all: Brian is still with the organization, still using his time and effort to truly Build a Better Houston.
Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.
Glenn has a packed lineup tonight, with Dynamo forwards Will Bruin and Giles Barnes and midfielder Ricardo Clark. Call in and give Glenn your thoughts on the two big rivalry games this week: US vs. Mexico tonight and the Dynamo vs. FC Dallas, the Texas Derby, this Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.
Welcome to the beginning of the end. Former Dynamo defender and current broadcaster and U-16 coach Eddie Robinson has teamed up with CSN Houston's Sebastian Salazar for this all-new podcast. In the world premiere, Eddie and Sebi break down the Vancouver loss, look ahead to FC Dallas and delve into Eddie's extracurricular activities during training sessions and adapting to the post-athlete life.
This weekend, you'll notice a streak of black on the Dynamo's orange and white kits as they face the Vancouver Whitecaps.
All Dynamo players and coaches, along with teams around the league, will be wearing a black armband on Saturday in honor of former MLS player Shawn Kuykendall, who recently passed away after his battle with an extremely rare form of Thymic Carcinoma. Shawn's wish was that his story could in some way help future cancer patients, specifically those fighting pediatric cancer. Thus, The Kuykenstrong Foundation was created to help the families of pediatric cancer patients.
The black armbands, which feature The Kuykenstrong Foundation and Soccer Kicks Cancer logos, recognize Shawn and this enduring legacy that he leaves behind.
Who will survive the battle of unbeatens in Vancouver on Saturday? Can the defense keep their clean sheet streak alive? Another goal for Bruin? Eddie Robinson previews the showdown.
Find out why Giles Barnes has become the most popular man in the Dynamo locker room. Plus, win a chance to have lunch with the man himself.