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Julie's Dribble on the Charles!

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BENEFITING: GRASSROOT SOCCER

EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2013

Julie O'Brien

THE STORY:

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.

Julie

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$1,175

MONEY RAISED
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  • Cal

    $50

  • Carol

    $25

  • Rmble

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • K&B

    $100

  • Kristen and Darcy Heintz-Perkins

    $25

  • Anne and Amy

    $100

  • Allison Lauenstein

    $50

  • Mgt Frazier and Kevin Plodzik

    $25

  • Patti

    $100

  • Molly

    $25

  • Crystal Lander

    $100

  • Sandra C.

    $100

  • Donna Lindsay

    $25

  • Nancy and Darren Messina

    $100

  • katie and lindsy wilson

    $50

  • Bill, Maggie and Brady

    $50

  • Wolffy and Carol

    $25

  • Chuck and Betsey

    $25

  • Barrett family

    $100

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39% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Barrett family

Barrett family

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Chuck and Betsey

Chuck and Betsey

DONATION: $25

Way to go, Julie. 3 years ago

Wolffy and Carol

Wolffy and Carol

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Bill, Maggie and Brady

Bill, Maggie and Brady

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

katie and lindsy wilson

katie and lindsy wilson

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Nancy and Darren Messina

Nancy and Darren Messina

DONATION: $100

Stay warm and good luck Julie! 3 years ago

Donna Lindsay

Donna Lindsay

DONATION: $25

Good luck Julie!! What a great cause. 3 years ago

Sandra C.

Sandra C.

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Crystal Lander

Crystal Lander

DONATION: $100

Great work Julie 3 years ago

Molly

Molly

DONATION: $25

Go Julie Go!!!! 3 years ago