BENEFITING: GRASSROOT SOCCER
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2013
I think I have gotten myself into a pickle.
The last time I really played soccer was in college – on a co-ed intramural team that was more interested in scoring beer than scoring goals. It was fun. San Diego fun.
Well, I’m am back in the game again, but this time I am dribbling a soccer ball for 10 miles around the Charles River -from Harvard Square to the Museum of Science and back again.
Why? That’s easy: to support Grassroot Soccer, an amazing organization that I joined in February, which uses the world’s fanatical obsession with soccer (aka football) to help teens in Africa to lead positive, AIDS-free lives.
When I explained to my husband, David, what I was going to do…he gave me that supportive smile and then asked if I was at all concerned about causing car accidents on Memorial Drive – from a presumed misguided ball – he meant. I assured him that I wasn’t the first to dribble a ball long distance…I mean Grassroot Soccer’s co-founder, Ethan Zohn, dribbled a soccer ball from Boston to DC, so I should be able to handle a measly 10 miles. “Yes”, David said, and then gently reminded me that Ethan played soccer professionally.
Bah humbug, I say. Where’s his sense of adventure?
It didn’t boost my confidence anymore when I shared my plans with my co-worker, Lizzy (a D-1 women’s soccer champ) and she said she’d bring a few extra balls. Apparently – she too thinks my footwork will be misguided and result in a few stray balls floating down the Charles River - perhaps after they bounce off the car that David thinks I will hit!
You would think I’d heed their advice and think of some other clever way to raise money to combat a disease that ruins so many young lives each year. Well I’m not. I am going to do it anyway – and I could really use your support.
When I played intramural soccer in college – AIDS was just bursting onto the scene…with rumors of a “promiscuous” flight attendant and some far away monkey. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way. We now know that HIV is 100% preventable - and infection rates are down as much as 50% in many countries. Yet more than 2600 young people still become infected each day (psst...that's almost 1 million a year). For a disease that is 100% preventable - any number is just too high.
So please – join me on World AIDS Day (12.1) – literally, spirtually, or financially. Let's help these kids. They deserve it. I promise to dribble on – one ball at a time.