Davis named to public service Dream Team

All Stars Helping Kids recognize Dynamo midfielder

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Houston Dynamo

HOUSTON,
TX (Monday, January 10, 2011) -- Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis was announced
as one of All Stars Helping Kids’ 10 Dream Team For Public Service finalists
from 36 nominees selected for the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service. The awards seek to honor
athletes who display an exemplary commitment to service in their community. The
10 athletes will be officially recognized at All Stars Helping Kids’ annual
Sports, Business & Philanthropy Breakfast in the San Francisco Bay Area on
March 14, 2011.

READ MORE: Davis' nominee page

Davis
was honored for his work with military personnel and their families as part of
his Brad’s Brigade campaign to increase support for servicemen and servicewomen
and their families. Davis has welcomed military personnel to Dynamo games since
the club moved to Houston, and the campaign has hosted several major outings to
Dynamo games over the last two seasons, with Davis – an MLS All-Star each of
the last two years – often playing a key role on the field. Davis also devotes
a considerable amount of his free time to community service, including
befriending children in local area hospitals.

“I’m
tremendously honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as this award,” Davis
said. “To be involved with this group of people and see what they do off the
field is amazing. Military service means a lot to me and to my family, and it’s
always been a part of my life and something I will continue to support.
Everybody knows about it, but hopefully this helps get more people on board,
and I’m sure the other nine contestants have good causes themselves.”

It is
the second consecutive year in which a Dynamo player has been named to the
Dream Team for Public Service; last year, midfielder and Houston resident
Stuart Holden was honored for his work with children’s cancer patients.

Jefferson
Award Finalists for Outstanding Service by an Athlete

 (To make
a $5 donation to the charity of the athlete’s choice, text the code below to
50555)

Name Team Code
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints BREES
Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever CATCH
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors CURRY
Brad Davis Houston Dynamo DAVIS
Warrick Dunn Atlanta Falcons (ret.) DUNN
Ernie Els PGA ELS
Ryan Hall U.S. Track & Field HALL
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics PIERCE
CC Sabathia New York Yankees SABATHIA
Brian Westbrook San Francisco 49ers WEST

 

Over
the next two months, each athlete will have the opportunity to raise money for
the charity of their choice through a text-to-donate campaign. All Stars
Helping Kids will award matching funds up to $2,500 for each finalist. To learn
about each finalist and their beneficiary organizations, please visit the All
Stars Helping website at http://www.allstarshelpingkids.org/teammates/index2011.html.

The two
award recipients will be announced in the spring and will have the opportunity
to attend the Jefferson Awards National
Banquet
in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2011. Past recipients of Jefferson
Awards for Public Service include, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong
and Bill and Melinda Gates.

In
the fall of 2010, The Jefferson Awards and All Stars issued a call to service,
encouraging teams to nominate community oriented athletes and asking fans to
show their support by helping to select the winners. Voting was conducted both
online and via text message, with over 64,000 casting their vote for one of the
36 nominees.

“These
champions represent a wide swath of success both on and off the playing field,
and we are very excited to be able to honor this group,” All Stars Helping Kids
founder and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott said. “The real winners in this
process are the millions of people that all these athletes have assisted in
community service. It is an honor for us to recognize this group and assist all
of them in their very noble endeavors.”

“It is a
pleasure to recognize these 10 outstanding athletes and we are excited for them
join us in Washington for the national ceremony,” said Sam Beard, founder of
the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. “Many times we forget that elite
athletes from so many different walks of life are using their stature to make
an impact, and this group is a great cross-sampling of what is being done in so
many sports to impact the lives of others. They are all leaders and champions
in their own ways, and we are proud to salute them all.”

About the Houston Dynamo
The
Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup
championships in its first five seasons and represented the United States in
international competition four consecutive years from 2007-10. For more
information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

About All Stars Helping Kids
Since
1989, All Stars Helping Kids has been a galvanizing force and vehicle for
individuals and corporate partners to invest in the future of children in the
San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. All Stars Helping Kids’ mission is to
promote a safe, healthy, rigorous learning environment for disadvantaged
children in low-income communities.

About the Jefferson Awards for
Public Service

The
Jefferson Awards for Public Service is a prestigious national recognition
system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards
were established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert
Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard to establish a Nobel Prize for public service. Today,
their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for
Volunteers" in local communities.