Ching, Habitat making good on pledge
The Houston Dynamo and Brian Ching held a press conference on
Tuesday to highlight a special ticket package available for fans for
Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Galaxy, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.
A significant portion of the
proceeds from these ticket packages will go toward “The House That
Ching Built,” a Habitat for Humanity house in the Houston area.
“It’s an opportunity for me to give back to a community that has given me and my team so much over the years,” Ching said.
exchange for $99, fans will receive two tickets, two Brian Ching
scarves, and two passes to a postgame meet and greet with the Dynamo
star forward. He’s already raised $40,000 of $65,000 to $75,000 needed
to build a Habitat for Humanity House.
“The commitment that
Brian has made is $75,000 for a full house, and that is what we hope to
build in October,” noted Doug Garrison, volunteer board member and
chairman of Houston Habitat for Humanity. “I want to extend our
appreciation on behalf of our board and staff and partner families for
the example and substantial contribution Brian and his effort has
produced. It takes a lot of people collaborating together. Not all
professional athletes use their power of celebrity to do the kind of
uplifting things that Brian is demonstrating with this effort.”
players get it and know they can take it to bigger and better things
off the field, and Brian Ching is one of those players,” said Chris
Canetti, chief operating officer of the Dynamo. “He’s thrilled us time
and time again with his goals on the field, and now he’s continued to do
things off the field with the House That Ching built as his focal point
and just one of the things that he is doing in the community.”
said he initially become invested in Habitat for Humanity after filming
a public service announcement for the organization.
really touched and moved by what was happening there,” said the
Hawaiian native. “They were building houses for deserving families. The
early part of my career, you don’t realize the attention or help you
can bring an organization. This is the first big project I have gotten
involved in. Seeing the amount of attention I can draw to this
organization is uplifting.”