A Huge Thank You to Equipment Across Continents

Active Children Portland was lucky enough to receive a donation of soccer gear and shoes from the organization Equipment Across Continents! We are so grateful to receive this support and are excited to explore how the gear may be used to serve kids and schools around Portland!

If you haven’t heard of Equipment Across Continents, they’re an awesome new organization that is partnered with Coaches Across Continents to bring social development to children around the world.

As they say in their informational flyer, “Equipment Across Continents works with eBay’s Giving Works to auction both collectible soccer memorabilia and new soccer equipment. The proceeds from sales and donations will fund shipments of sports gear to Coaches Across Continent’s social development programs in underdeveloped countries.”

The concept is that at the end of each sport’s season, kids grow out of their old gear and need new gear for the next season. Equipment Across Continents offers a recyclable option for people to get rid of the equipment that their kid has outgrown and to purchase gear for the next season while at the same time helping to bring gear to kids around the world who would otherwise not have access to it. What a cool idea!

Every purchase that you make from the Equipment Across Continents’ eBay store and every donation that you make goes directly towards funding shipments of gear that they have collected for children in development countries around the world.

Check out their website to learn more:


Thank you again, Equipment Across Continents!


Online Sales Close at Noon PST on Friday August 26th, 2012

ONLINE SALES CLOSE AT Noon PST on Friday August 26th, 2012

Portland Timbers Reserves Vs San Jose Earthquakes Reserves

Purchase Timbers Reserve Game Tickets to the August 26th Portland Timbers Reserve Game at $10 each and 50% of purchases go to support Active Children Portland.

Each Ticket is $10 and the tickets will be available for pick-up at Will Call at JELD-WEN Field 2 hours before kickoff day of game. You must show valid I.D. to receive tickets.

Sun., Aug. 26
6:00 p.m. PT Kickoff

Dallas and Andy

Good Day Oregon

What a great day yesterday here at the adidas Village.

Andy Carson is a pro! Unbelievable energy and so much fun to see him in action. In case you missed it, Fox 12 has one of 28 segments we did over 4 hours yesterday on their website.  We will be posting more pictures from the day soon!


Andres and Andy

On the Field

Andy Carson and Pete Withers

Fox 12

Good Day Oregon Tuesday!

Be sure and tune into Fox 12 on Tuesday morning as the Active Children Portland team will be featured on location at the adidas village with Andy Carson. “We are very excited about the opportunity to share about all the good things Active Children Portland is doing in the community on Tuesday. It is going to be a lot of fun!” said Ben Dudley, Executive Director of Active Children Portland. “We will have a few students on the show with us to share about how the programs are impacting their school, their communities and their own personal life.” For more info about Active Children Portland, visit us online at acportland.org

Coming up: Pub Night, August 19th!

Attend a Pub Night and Support Active Children Portland!

Watch a Timbers Game and Drink a Beer While Supporting Local Kids!!!!

It sounds too good to be true but you’ll have the chance to do it THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 19th!

Go to one of Portland’s soccer-loving pubs during the August 19th Timbers away game vs. the New York Red Bulls and raise money for Active Children Portland! Kickoff is at 4pm.

Participating Pubs:

4-4-2 Soccer Bar; located at 1739 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR

Paddy’s Bar & Grill; located at 65 SW Yamhill St. Portland, OR

Alberta Substation; located at 2703 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR

Active Children Portland will be raffling off prizes and selling Tickets to the August 26th Reserves game vs. the San Jose Earthquakes. Buy a pint of Trumer Pils to support Active Children Portland during the game!

We’re excited to see you there!

Timbers Players at Spring Frenzy

America SCORES Spring Frenzy!

On the afternoons of May 2nd and 3rd, the adidas Village was overtaken by 175 America SCORES participants who joined together to participate in Active Children Portland’s first ever “Spring Frenzy” soccer jamboree. This friendly tournament, like the Fall Frenzy we held last October, brought teams together from 7 schools around the Portland area to compete in small sided soccer games.

Timbers Players at Spring Frenzy

Portland Timbers players Chris Taylor and Ryan Kawalok hang out with kids at Active Children Portland’s Spring Frenzy

For several kids, these games served as their first “real” games and also as their first time playing in full uniform, on a turf field. We were fortunate enough to have staff members from Golazo attend the event, providing all natural hydration drinks for the kids (and energy drinks for the grownups!) both afternoons. They definitely added to the exciting atmosphere of the event with their large Golazo tent, boombox, temporary tattoos, and awesome staff members. Thanks Golazo! On Wednesday, Timbers players Lovel Palmer and “Futty” Danso made an “unofficial” appearance, stopping by to surprise the kids and to let them ask questions about what it takes to be professional soccer players. On Thursday, Timbers players Chris Taylor and Ryan Kawulok spent the majority of the event playing soccer with the kids, chatting with the kids and volunteers, and signing autographs. They both had a great presence with the kids and their kindness and enthusiasm had a great impact on the success of our event.

Golazo Tent at Spring Frenzy

The Golazo crew made quite the impression at Active Children Portland’s Spring Frenzy! Thanks again for everything!

Other special guest included former Timbers player Mick Hoban, and Timbers Community Outreach Manager Christa Thoeresz. All of our guests and volunteers helped to make the day extraordinary for the kids and their presence was very much appreciated! Thanks everyone!