May 9, 2018


Bleacher Report Teams Up with The Steve Nash Foundation for Annual Celebrity Soccer Match in New York City


B/R Football to Provide All-Access Event Coverage & Fan-Centric Activities on Site


Bleacher Report will collaborate with the Steve Nash Foundation to provide all-access multimedia coverage and fan-centric activities for Nash’s annual charity soccer match, to be held Wednesday, June 20, in New York City.  A 7-on-7 soccer match taking place at NYC’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown will feature Steve Nash and a combination of NBA stars and world soccer legends coming together to share their passion for the game, while supporting the Steve Nash Foundation’s philanthropic mission to “assist underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life.”


B/R Football will program first-of-its-kind behind-the-scenes coverage throughout the entire day – via the B/R App, social and online platforms – including player arrivals, skills challenges, video highlight packages, player interviews and more.  Additionally, Bleacher Report will team up with the Steve Nash Foundation to host a series of fan-friendly events leading up to and surrounding the match including a free-to-the-public Fan Fest highlighted by player appearances, sponsor activations, youth clinics, music and merchandise.


“Being in a position to not only provide a voice for underserved children, but to put action toward it with an annual event is something I’m really passionate about,” Nash said. “Teaming up with Bleacher Report means we’ll be able to bring the fun and excitement of Showdown to millions of people through their digital and social platforms, allowing them to take part and contribute to the mission, growing health in kids.”


“Steve’s deep roots in soccer and unrivaled passion for the game are matched only by the dedication he displays on behalf of his philanthropic efforts to help give back to communities in need,” said Dave Finocchio, Bleacher Report CEO & Founder.  “We’re thrilled to work with him and his foundation to support kids, the soccer community and this fun, exciting, fan-friendly event.”


Fans interested in attending this year’s event, which includes returning sponsors Nike, Major League Soccer and Guinness, can access additional information at Profits from ticket sales go directly to the Foundation’s services and programs for children.


Past Showdown rosters have included NBA players Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76’ers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Matthew Dellavedova (Milwaukee Bucks), Baron DavisDirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic), Joakim Noah (New York Knicks), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn Nets), Chris Bosh, Marco Belinelli (Philadelphia 76’ers), Jeremy Lin (Brooklyn Nets),  Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets), Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers), and international and MLS soccer pros Landon Donovan (USMNT and LA Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (Orlando City), Asmir Begović (Bournemouth and Bosnia and Herzegovina) Alessandro Del Piero (Italian World Cup champion), Thierry Henry (Arsenal, France, NY Red Bulls), Javier Zanetti (Inter), Patrick Vieira (NYCFC Coach, Manchester City), Mathieu Flamini (Crystal Palace), Massimo Ambrosini (Milan), Ivan Cordoba (Inter), Giuseppe Rossi (Genoa), Massimo Gobbi (Chievo Verona), Stuart Holden (USMNT, Bolton), Emmerson BoyceRobbie Rogers (Los Angeles Galaxy), Salomon Kalou (Hertha BSC), Claudio Reyna (Dir. Operations NYCFC, USA World Cup Team), and Rod Fanni (Montreal Impact).


Nash is a contributor/influencer for B/R Football’s soccer coverage, including programming airing on Turner’s linear networks and content that will live across B/R’s digital and social channels.



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About the Steve Nash Foundation

The Steve Nash Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) organization and registered Canadian charity dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life.  Learn more at




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