NEW YORK – International soccer star Jozy Altidore will host a special autograph-signing/meet-and-greet session June 27 at Upper 90 Soccer in New York City to raise funds for the Jozy Altidore Foundation.
Altidore, one of the world’s top strikers playing for the United States Men’s National Team and Dutch professional club AZ Alkmaar, will be at Upper 90, New York’s premier soccer store located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for this rare appearance.
Altidore will be raising money for his foundation, which was started in 2011. The mission of the foundation is to help children across the world any way it can. The foundation fosters educational/recreational learning and excellence by working with communities near and far, athletes and educators to provide children with various avenues of growth and success beneficial for their future.
“This is definitely an event I’ve been looking forward to since we put it together,” Altidore said. “I love coming to New York City and having a chance to meet the fans is always something I enjoy doing since events like this don’t happen often.”
Persons interested in attending the event can bring items they’d like to have signed by Altidore or they can purchase an array of items available at Upper 90 to be autographed. There will be a recommended donation price for various items to be signed such as balls, jerseys, photos and cleats. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Jozy Altidore Foundation.
Altidore put together a record-setting campaign in the Netherlands this past season. He became the first American player to score 30 goals or more in a single European league season in soccer history, finishing with 31 goals in 40 matches across all competitions.
Perhaps his biggest goal of Altidore’s season came on May 9 when he recorded the game winner in a stunning 2-1 victory against heavily favored PSV Eindhoven in the KNVB Dutch Cup championship at De Kuip Stadion in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It was the first Dutch Cup title since 1982 for the Cheese Farmers, who also earned an automatic berth in next season’s Europa League with the triumph.
Most recently, Altidore was at the top of his game, scoring in four consecutive matches – including three World Cup qualifying games – with the United States. Altidore recorded the game winner in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory against Honduras in a World Cup qualifier at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
All media outlets are invited to attend. Altidore will be available for interviews throughout the event. For more information about Upper 90 Soccer, please log on at www.u90soccer.com.
About Upper 90: Upper 90 is New York’s soccer store with current locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and a new location coming soon on Long Island which will be the largest soccer specialty store in North America. Upper 90 was started by soccer people and offers the best product selection and unparalleled service for the active soccer players and fans of the tri-state area.
Contact: Jeremy D. Pond, Publicist for Jozy Altidore, and Director of Media Public Relations for the Jozy Altidore Foundation, at 702.622.0147 or via e-mail at email@example.com, and Zachary Rubin, Director of Business Development at Upper 90 Soccer at 646.863.7076 ext:201 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Autograph signing/meet-and-greet session with international soccer star Jozy Altidore
WHEN: Thursday, June 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Upper 90, 697 Amsterdam Avenue (at 94th Street), New York, NY 10025
MORE INFORMATION: Please log on at www.u90soccer.com and www.jozyaltidore.com for more details.
Four groups coming together for one cause in a nation still recovering from a catastrophe.
That’s exactly what athletic giant adidas, New York Red Bulls and the Jozy Altidore Foundation did when they joined forces recently with a group of student athletes from the University of Pittsburgh to leave a lasting impression on a group of orphaned children in Haiti.
The quartet teamed up to bring soccer balls, as well as new RBNY apparel and accessories, to the kids of the EBAC Orphanage in a town near Cap-Haitien, Haiti in the northern part of the country. Haiti is still recovering the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean island nation.
“This was a wonderful project and I couldn’t be happier with the result in what truly was a team effort involving so many people and organizations,” Altidore said. “As you all know, Haiti and its people maintain a special place in my heart that will forever burn bright. So, any time my foundation can get involved with others looking to make a difference in the struggling country we will surely join the effort.”
Adidas, led by Casey Armstrong, donated more than a dozen soccer balls of various sizes to the project. Daniel Marrett, the director of marketing for the New York Red Bulls, and his staff put together an amazing package of youth socks, shirts and official RBNY game jerseys. Everything was shipped to Florida, where it was packaged and mailed to Haiti around the same time the Pitt athletes arrived in the country.
Altidore was quick to praise everyone who joined the effort.
“From the folks at adidas and RBNY to those who took care of shipping the items, it was a perfect example of how multiple groups joined together to deliver some special moments to a group of children in need,” Altidore said.
Joe Trebitz, a linebacker on the Pitt Panthers football team who reached out to Altidore’s foundation for assistance, said the kids were elated with their new gifts and enjoyed being able to play their favorite sport with new balls and clothing.
“It really made the kids’ week. They loved everything,” said Trebitz, when asked about the reaction he and his fellow Pitt athletes received from the children. Trebitz said it was a really kind gesture on the part of Jozy, adidas and the New York Red Bulls to help them and the orphanage.
Several Pitt athletic teams were represented on the trip, including football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, wrestling and men’s and women swimming and diving.
- jozyaltidore.com staff report