On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Active Children Portland teamed with the Eastside Timbers in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record at Happy Valley Park in southeast Portland. Portland was one of 10 affiliate cities to take part in the Great America SCORES soccer dribble. Groups from the ten cities all simultaneously dribbled soccer balls for a national team effort to break the Guinness World Record for the most people dribbling a soccer ball at the same time. The record was broken with an unofficial number of 2,149 of dribblers in cities across the country, defeating the previous record of 2,068. 115 Portlanders participated in the event.
“Everyone at the Portland Soccer Dribble had a wonderful time supporting such a great cause and we are already looking forward to breaking the record again next year,” said Matt Carle of Eastside Timbers.
In Portland, all proceeds from registration $885, along with a $500 Golazo sponsorship were donated to Active Children Portland to help continue their mission to transform communities through youth soccer. The donations, combined with nearly $300 in merchandise sales at the event garnered close to $1800 total for Active Children Portland. “Active Children Portland does so many great things helping students in Portland schools, it was my pleasure to help them with this fabulous event, “ said Matt Carle.
Active Children Portland would like to give thanks to Eastside Timbers for all their work on this event, as well as their support for our organization. We would also like to extend a HUGE thanks to Michelle Wong, Development Associate for America SCORES National, and her team for organizing such a great event. Thanks to Pepsi for donating soccer balls and Eurosport for donating T-Shirts!
Finally, none of this would have been possible without all of the great volunteers, the parents and families who participated, and the continued support from adidas America.
Active Children Portland receives PTCF grant!
Active Children Portland executive director Ben Dudley was on the field at halftime of the Timbers game Saturday, September 29th, 2012 to accept a $5000 grant from the Portland Timbers Community Fund. Active Children Portland was one of 8 locally based non-profits to receive a portion of the $43,400 PTCF.
“It is an honor to accept this grant on behalf of Active Children Portland. We are so thankful and appreciative for the Portland Timbers organization, as our job would be a lot more difficult without their support, ” said Ben Dudley.