SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes have a power-packed lineup for their 4th Annual A&W Root Beer Float Night, presented by 7UP, on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The list of local celebrities participating includes FIFA World Cup winner Brandi Chastain, Giants infielder Adam Duvall, 2014 United States Olympian Polina Edmunds and former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Leslie Osborne. The event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. PT in the Epicenter Fan Zone prior to the club’s clash with FC Dallas on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Duvall was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in February of 2012. That year, he went on to hit 30 home runs with 100 RBI in 134 games with the San Jose Giants. After starting the 2014 season with the Fresno Grizzlies, Duvall got his first call-up to the San Francisco Giants in June and recently re-joined the team as they push toward the playoffs.
The group will scoop, pour and serve root beer floats to fans with a recommended $5 donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Each fan that makes the recommended donation will also receive an A&W souvenir cup while supplies last. Last year, the Earthquakes raised $10,500 for JDRF.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.
Full List of Volunteers
Luciana Abreu – Portuguese singer, wife of Yannick Djalo
Brittany Barklage – Wife of Brandon Barklage
Dennis Brown – Former Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers
Nikki Busch – Fashion designer, wife of Jon Busch
Joe Cannon – Former Earthquakes goalkeeper
Brandi Chastain – 1999 FIFA World Cup champion with the United States
Chris Dangerfield – Former Earthquakes player and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area analyst
Adam Duvall – Infielder for the San Francisco Giants
Polina Edmunds – 2014 Olympian for the United States in figure skating
Eric Lynch – Director at 7UP
Leslie Osborne – Former United States Women’s National Team player, model
Anthony Passarelli – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area play-by-play for Earthquakes
The Portuguese Kids – Portuguese comedy group
Dan Rusanowsky – Radio play-by-play for the San Jose Sharks
Sourdough Sam – San Francisco 49ers mascot
Kate Scott – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area sideline reporter for Earthquakes
Paul and Rylan Swanson – Earthquakes supporters