Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Game is in KC

Take time this weekend to sign up to support Kansas City's bid to bring the World Cup here. Not just to the United States but to Kansas City. There is a very good chance and we want to help that bid in every way possible.

Sign the petition below please!!!

The economic boom from be a World Cup host city is only rivaled by the Olympics with little to no need to spend money. All of the fields and support sites currently exist or are being built already.

Share this with your friends, send it to them on Facebook or however you want. Get them to sign up and help bring the World Cup to Kansas City.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Chet North: Head Athletic Trainer of the Year

Chet North of the Kansas City Wizards was named the MLS Head Athletic Trainer of the Year. I was finally able to get Chet to sit still for an interview. He discusses a little bit of everything: including what it takes to earn the award, the ownership, the MLS Cup team and players. Chet is the only person that has been with the Wizards organization since the first year.

Congratulations Chet!! Well deserved!!

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Jimmy Conrad: Co-MLS Humanitarian of the Year

Kansas City Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad received his second honor of the year for his off-the-field contributions to the Kansas City community. MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, announced Friday that Conrad and Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause were selected to receive the 2009 U.S. Soccer Foundation/MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Award. This marks the first time that two players have shared the honor. Conrad was previously named Kansas City’s Team Humanitarian of the Year.

For a second consecutive year, Conrad served as a spokesperson for Athletes Against Autism and the Child Protection Center, actively partaking in efforts to raise money and awareness for the organizations. This season he participated in an appearance at the Kick It 3v3 Championships to raise awareness for the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, and also raised funds for the campaign locally through autograph sessions in Kansas City. Conrad regularly speaks with students at local schools about teamwork and the importance of setting goals in presentations that he designed. Conrad was recently named to the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Zoo.

Talked to Jimmy right after practice Friday about his Humanitarian of the Year honor...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Vote for goal of the year

Vote for Claudio or Davy. They both are nominated twice. Claudio's goals include his beautiful free kick in week 10 against Chivas and week 19's shot from the middle of the field against LA. Davy's goals include the week 1 blast against Toronto and the week 13 goal against New England. I have hard time deciding my favorite. Davy's blast was a nice start to a season that did not go all that well. Claudio's long range shot was a nice revenge for Beckham's from last year.

This is Davy celebrating the goal against New England.

Vote for Save of the Year

Save of the year voting is now open. Wizards keeper Kevin Hartman is nominated 3 times. Week 8, week 11 and my favorite week 32.

Go vote for Kevin!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Project Valour-IT

I do not normally comment on non-soccer related items on this blog. While I have mentioned good causes to support in the past, they have all been soccer related somehow. This is a little different, no soccer involved but something I am supporting.

There is a group known as Soldier's Angels. They help the wounded who arrive in Germany and the States from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many soldiers, Marines, or other service members were wounded and first woke up in the hospital in Lanstuhl Germany or Walter Reed in DC. Even though their families had not had time to get there, they did not wake up alone. One of the wonderful people from Soldiers Angels would be there with them. Holding their hand, keeping them company, easing their fears, giving them hope, comfort and greater chance to recover. They provide those wounded (who usually had to leave all of their belongings behind in a hurry) with some basic clothes other than hospital pajamas. The wounded also get some comfort items from Soldiers Angels and the people who have donated them. In short, Soldiers Angels is a fantastic group that provides a real service to the wounded.

This particular fund raising project is dear to my heart. It is called Project Valour-IT. I am an old IT guy so I have tried to help each year that they have held this fundraiser.

Project Valour-IT, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support service men and women recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries.

Technology supplied includes:

•Voice-controlled Laptops - Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.

•Wii Video Game Systems - Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).

•Personal GPS - Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.

The fund raising is being held as a team competition. Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy team are all trying to raise the target amount first. In the past, when one team reached their goal they switched support to another team to help the cause. Since I am an old Marine, I joined the Marine team to help.

So, if you can help please do. You can click on the widget on the right hand side to donate to the Marine team or you can go to Soldiers Angels Project Valour-IT page to find the other teams link. The fund raiser runs through Veteran's Day, November 11th.

Thank you...