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Showdown NY Once Again Brings Out Great Crowd to Support Steve Nash Foundation

NBA great Steve Nash held his annual foundation showdown.



Wednesday evening, hundreds of soccer and basketball fans took over Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Why, you may ask?

NBA great Steve Nash held his annual foundation showdown; a nice friendly yet competitive soccer match to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation.

The Foundation “is a US 501©(3) and registered Canadian charity dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education, and enjoyment of life. The Foundation works to increase access to critical needs resources at home an abroad to ensure that every child has a chance to grow, with a focus on early childhood development and child abuse prevention research strategies.”

The players participating were separated into American players (white team) and international players (black team). Nash, two-time NBA MVP originally from South Africa, played for black along with Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland Cavaliers), Luol Deng (Miami Heat), Co-founder of the foundation Simone Sandri, Alessandro Del Piero (Italian National Team, super star may I add), Roman Neustadter (FC Shalke 04), Massimo Gobbi (A.C. Parma), John Nash, Enrico Zanus, and Giovanni Bartocci, Italian restaurant owner of a place in the LES. The American team featured Geoff Cameron (USA and Stoke City) and Jay DeMerit (former USA). Analyst Kyle Martino, ESPN’s Marc Stein, Jeff Matteo (Assistant Coach St. John’s Basketball), Richie Williams, Chris Mullin (head coach St.John’s and former NBA great), Mike Quarino, and certainly, last but not least Italian America Giuseppe Rossi (Florentina).

Throughout the game, the ball was moved well: fancy footwork, accurate passing, and many close goal scoring chances on either end made the first half a nail biter. Honest opinion, when a guy, who has succeeded to the highest level in a sport that is played with the ball handling skills done with both hands, can play another sport, soccer, casually for fun with a group of pros, and not pass the ball by picking it up, that’s an all around athlete right there. I was amazed by the athletic ability of these guys! I guess that’s why not everyone can be a pro!

Speaking to Cameron pre-match, I asked him about his feeling playing against (taller) NBA players, and if he thought they would accidentally try and play the ball with their hands. “They’ll be good in the air, but I’ll be quicker on the ground. But, yea it’s going to be a great event, a good time. So I am happy to be here.” Yes, Cameron with quick, very quick. He was all over the field, always in the right place at the right time.

History was made, as the score was tied deep into the second half. First time that has happened at a showdown. USA pulled away with the win 8-5.

Before and during the game, behind the bleachers was an area filled with sponsor tables; prizes, games, give aways, and contests. This year’s Showdown was sponsored by GNC, Cyber Dust, Major League Soccer, Under Armour, TAG Heuer, JetBlue, Windows, Body Armor, Jawbone ®, Kicks to the Pitch, Uni-Sport, and Phebe’s Tavern & Grill.

It was an honor to be there. This is an annual summer staple, already looking forward to the next Nash Showdown!

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Jackie Daly

Jackie Daly has been with In The Zone since 2012. Her contributions have been mostly in NHL and special events coverage. Jackie has been a writer, video host, and podcast host with ITZ. She currently co-hosts Tea Time with Mel and Jay. Outside ITZ, Jackie works with MLS's New York City Football Club and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
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