Dynamo partner to save soccer in East End

“Save our Soccer” designated as beneficiary for 2011 Dynamo Charities Cup

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The Houston Dynamo have joined Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez’s
fight to keep youth soccer alive in Houston’s East End, the club announced today
at a press conference at City Hall. The Dynamo and their charitable branch,
Dynamo Charities, have committed to raising $65,000 to support youth soccer
programs in the East End which were set to be
canceled due to budget constraints.

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"My constituents spoke, I listened,
and our champion Houston Dynamo are helping us deliver.  I am honored to not
only commit a portion of my budget, but to partner with our Dynamo to keep the
Milby Youth Soccer Program alive.    This program is vital to our youth and the
role they will play in our community.  I commend our Dynamo and friends
for making this crucial goal and continuing to establish themselves as great
East End neighbors”, Council Member Rodriguez 
stated.      

To kick off the
fundraising, donations were announced Tuesday from both the Dynamo and Dynamo
Charities and club sponsors Greenstar Recycling, Dr Pepper, and Wells Fargo. 
Additional funds will be raised through the Dynamo Charities 5K and Fun Run on
Saturday, July 16. 

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The third annual
Dynamo Charities Cup, featuring the Dynamo against English Premier League club
Bolton Wanderers, the club of former Houston youth and Houston Dynamo player Stuart
Holden, will take place on July 20 at Robertson Stadium. A portion of the
proceeds will go toward sustaining the youth soccer programs in the East End, run by the Houston Parks & Recreation
Department.

“We feel a sense of obligation in
supporting this initiative and successfully assisting Councilmember Rodriguez in
securing the necessary funds for keeping soccer alive in the East End,” said Dynamo President Chris Canetti.  “Soccer provides many great benefits
to children, and we need to make sure those benefits are not taken away from
them.”

More than 1,300
youth players aged 4-17 participate annually in soccer leagues in the East End, with games and practices held at Ingrando,
Mason, and Milby parks. As part of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department
soccer leagues throughout the city, the programs are completely free and, over a
history of nearly 50 years, have produced several talented players that have
gone on to play soccer at the collegiate and professional
levels.

“When the Dynamo heard
that there was a need, they stepped up to the ball and came up with a winning
GOAL!”, said Joe Turner, Director of the Houston Parks and Recreation
Department. “We are very thankful to the Dynamo, Dynamo Charities and Council
Member James Rodriguez for supporting youth soccer and making a
difference.”

Those interested in
contributing directly to the campaign can contact Dynamo Charities director Lori
Ginsburg at lginsburg@HoustonDynamo.com or by
calling (713) 276-7574.