SAN JOSE, Calif. - Soccer legend and local Olympic, US National Team and World Cup soccer hero Brandi Chastain will host a co-ed all-star celebrity soccer match and post-game Radio Disney concert on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at San Jose Municipal Stadium (home of the minor league baseball team the San Jose Giants) in San Jose, Ca. To read the San Jose Giants' release, click here.
For the second year, the game will support the ReachuP! Foundation, which Chastain co-founded with Los Gatos podiatrist, Dr. Joan Oloff.
When purchasing tickets, SCU fans should use the code "GOAL" to give 10% of the ticket price to the Bronco Bench Foundation.
US National Team Soccer legends Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy, Tisha Venturini Hoch and Leslie Osborne will join Chastain in this one-of-a-kind all-star celebrity challenge. Kristine Lilly is one of the most successful and decorated female athletes in U.S. history. She played in five FIFA Women's World Cups (the only woman to do so) and three Olympic Games. Julie Foudy was a captain on the National Team for 13 of her 17 years with the team. She participated in four Women's World Cups and three Olympic Games for Team USA.
Tisha Venturini Hoch was a gold medalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and world champion in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. Leslie Osborne was a key member of the Santa Clara University Broncos team that won the 2001 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Osborne was a member of the U.S. Women's National team until she tore her ACL prior to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In addition to Lilly, Foudy, Venturini Hoch and Osborne other celebrities slated to participate include: Sissi, (Brazilian soccer icon; FC Gold Pride), Joe Nedney (San Francisco 49ers), Mike Ricci (San Jose Sharks), Kristi Yamaguchi (Olympic figure skating), Kristy Leskinen (skiing), Leanne Pelosi (snowboarding) and more to come.
Former Broncos Kiki Bosio, Veronia Zepeda Cashman, Lisa Nanez and Leslie Osborne are also playing in the game, as is Jerry Smith, in his 26th season as head coach at Santa Clara.
Adding to the event this year will be media partner, Radio Disney AM 1310, part of the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families. Radio Disney AM 1310 will be on-site with interactive entertainment and Radio Disney's Ultimate Field Day activities encouraging kids and families to be active through a variety of organized, recreational activities including Soccer Goal Kick Stations, Miniature Golf Put-Put Holes, Jump Rope Village and more.
Radio Disney AM 1310 will culminate the day of fun starting at 5:45 p.m. with on-stage entertainment from the Radio Disney AM 1310 Road Crew. Then, at 6:45 p.m., popular Radio Disney artists will take the stage for performances and Q&A sessions. Damian Otchere from the popular musical talent competition "N.B.T." (Next BIG Thing) will take the stage first followed by a headline performance by singer, actor, dancer, songwriter and star of Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie," Shane Harper.
"What Dr. Oloff and I have come to realize is how young girls continue to crave inspiration and connections with mentors. The ReachuP! Foundation was created to provide a community where young girls can be inspired, empowered and challenged to reach beyond what they feel their limitations may be," said Chastain. "We are looking to having as much fun during this year's game as we did before."
Ticket prices start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.reachupworld.com.
Additionally, Chastain will host a soccer clinic taking place at the stadium from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Participation in the clinic requires separate tickets which cost $50, and can be purchased at www.reachupworld.com.
Event sponsors include: Capital One, Nike, Gordon Biersch, Wente Vineyards, Los Gatos Foot & Ankle Center, and Max on Snax
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties should contact Music City Sport & Entertainment Group CEO Tammy Genovese - firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 615.238.0287.
Chastain is best known for her game-winning penalty kick against China in the 1999 Women's World Cup, followed by the celebratory ripping off of her soccer jersey. The image of her in a sports bra, fists clenched in glory, is one of the iconic images in sports history. She is a two-time World Cup winner (1991, 1999) and two-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2004).
Proceeds from the all-star match will support the ReachuP! Foundation, a registered 501 (c) (3) charity. We produce content and programs that encourage girls to develop the skills necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices, become true champions and challenge young girls to reach for their dreams. The all-star match will also support like-minded organizations in the local community.
About Damian Otchere
"N.B.T." season five artist Damian Otchere is a 16-year-old pop and R&B singer, dancer and actor originally from Brooklyn, New York, currently residing in East Orange, New Jersey.
About Shane Harper
Establishing himself as an artist with a quadruple threat—singer, actor, dancer, songwriter— all before the age of ten, Shane Harper is a rising talent who continues to evolve with each new project. On the music side, Harper's self-titled album was Executive Produced by Adam Anders (Executive Music Producer of Glee and the upcoming film Rock of Ages) and released through Anders' record label, Deep Well Records. Shane Harper's self-titled album features the Top 10 hit "One Step Closer," which he premiered on Disney Channel's TV series Good Luck Charlie (where he has a recurring role) and most recently on So Random! Shane has been seen on national tours with Cody Simpson, Grayson Chance and Demi Lovato.