On June 22nd Steve Nash will once again host his annual “Showdown in Chinatown” soccer game in order to raise money – as well as awareness – for his eponymous foundation.
The “Showdown”, which takes place at the Sarah D Roosevelt park in lower Manhattan, brings together some of the biggest stars from the NBA and soccer worlds, as well as an assortment of celebrities. Previous “Showdowns” have included Thierry Henry, Chris Bosh, Nate Robinson, Javier Zanetti, and Anthony Lapaglia. This year, Steve Nash will be joined by, among others, fellow basketballers, Tony Parker and Grant Hill, former USA captain, Claudio Reyna, Giuseppe Rossi, and newly-signed Newcastle United player, Demba Ba.
The Steve Nash foundation was founded in 2001 by Nash and his family, and received charitable status in 2004. The foundation is focused in British Columbia, the US, Paraguay, and Uganda, and provides underserved children with medical support, education, and overall personal development. The foundation also works to raise corporate involvement in community improvement.
Nash has been a life-long soccer fan, and has claimed in the past that he could have pursued a professional career in the sport – both Nash’s brother and sister played soccer at various levels. Nash has also expressed interested in owning a share of London club, Tottenham Hotspur, whom he fervently supports. He is currently part owner of the MLS debutants, the Vancouver Whitecaps.