SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Quakes Foundation will host a MOVEment Week featuring a variety of community service events from May 21-28. Benefiting the local Bay Area community and neighborhoods close to the Quakes organization, the MOVEment Week aims to inspire people to be more active and join the movement to help those in need.
The week will include campaigns and events that will benefit five different nonprofit organizations, including BAWSI, Casa de la Esperanza, Second Harvest Food Bank, Ubuntu Football Academy and Special Olympics Northern California. The week also kicks off a larger campaign in collaboration with Honduran defender Victor Bernardez to raise ultra-durable soccer balls for the San Pedro Sula community in Honduras.
Sunday, May 21 – Get Your Daughter in the Game
7UP Epicenter, Avaya Stadium
In collaboration with the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, BAWSI, the Quakes are hosting an event to empower young women and to get more girls enrolled in sports. The event is for dads and their daughters and will consist of soccer activities led by Quakes Girl’s Academy players, followed by a panel discussion with role models and rising stars, including former U.S. Women’s National Team players Danielle Slaton and Brandi Chastain, and NASL Quakes alumni Mani Hernandez.
The event is closed to the public and is by invite only. To support BAWSI, visit www.quakes74.gesture.com and click “view items.”
Monday, May 22 – Earthquakes Grant Application Window Opens
The Quakes Foundation will donate up to $25,000 in grants to deserving, registered nonprofits. The Quakes Foundation board will award the grants to organizations that have a mission or project that emphasizes health and fitness, primarily supporting underserved youth in the local community.
To apply or nominate an organization, submit your application here.
Tuesday, May 23 – Free Community Fitness Class at LIFT
LIFT: 1202 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, CA
The Quakes Foundation has teamed up with LIFT, a contemporary fitness center featuring spin, barre and heated, high-intensity interval training classes in San Jose, to offer a free fitness class on May 23. To participate, create an account with LIFT and use the code LIFTXQUAKES. Fans can also show up at LIFT on May 23 in Quakes gear to participate in a free class. The promotion is only valid for classes on May 23.
Wednesday, May 24 – Volunteer Day
Cypress Center: 4001 North First St., San Jose, CA. 6-8 p.m.
The San Jose Earthquakes front office and fans will volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank to sort and box fresh produce for the people in need in the community. To volunteer, please email Marissa at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to volunteer, you can make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank by visiting www.quakes74.gesture.com and clicking “view items.”
Thursday, May 25 – Ubuntu Football & Fútbol Clinic with Eric Reid, Andrew Tarbell and Tommy Thompson
Avaya Stadium, 5:30-6:45 p.m., 7-8:15 p.m.
Earthquakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell and midfielder Tommy Thompson accompanied by San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid will lead a Football & Fútbol clinic with a mix of drills from both sports on the Avaya Stadium field. The event will give children between ages 8-11 the chance to practice with and learn from professional MLS and NFL athletes. The clinic will also raise awareness for the Ubuntu Football Academy in South Africa, which works to educate the next generation of great African leaders, society changers and footballers.
The clinic will be offered in two sessions:
Check in: 5-5:30 p.m.
Clinic: 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Check in: 6:30-7 p.m.
Clinic: 7-8:15 p.m.
The clinic is $50 with full proceeds going towards school supplies and textbooks for children at the Ubuntu Academy. To register for the clinic, please click here. If you cannot attend but would like to support Ubuntu Football Academy’s mission, visit www.quakes74.gesture.com and click “view items” to donate.
Friday, May 26 – Fútbol Ball Raising Campaign Kickoff
The Quakes and Honduran defender Victor Bernardez are teaming up with the One World Play Project and Sonia Nazario of the New York Times to provide ultra-durable One World Fútbols to the young soccer players in San Pedro Sula in Honduras. Bernardez played for the Honduras National Team for 10 years and participated in two FIFA World Cups (2010 and 2014).
The soccer balls will be donated to the Casa de la Esperanza, a nonprofit located in San Pedro Sula that works directly with the youth in various neighborhoods. The campaign will run through Sept. 17, and will conclude with a celebratory event.
To donate an ultra-durable ball that never pops or deflates for $25 dollars, please click here. Fans can also purchase their own indestructible soccer balls with the buy one, give one program.
Saturday, May 27 – Special Olympics Unified Match
Avaya Stadium following Quakes vs. LA Galaxy match
The Quakes Special Olympics Unified Team will compete in a first team experience on the Avaya Stadium field on May 27 following the MLS match. Partnering with the Special Olympics Northern California, the Unified Game aims to provide athletes of all ability levels the chance to play and be part of a team while learning skills such as being a good teammate, winning with grace and encouraging others to carry positivity into their everyday lives.
The Unified Team, consisting of 22 players between 16-25 years old, both with and without intellectual disabilities, will arrive at Avaya Stadium and will watch the Quakes take on the Galaxy. After the final whistle, the Unified Team will change into their gear and sport the official 2017 Quakes black jersey. Kickoff is scheduled for 30 minutes after the conclusion of the MLS match.
To make a donation to Special Olympics Northern California, visit www.quakes74.gesture.com and click “View Items’ to donate.
Sunday, May 28 – Free Play Day with Valley Health Plan
Milpitas Sports Center, 1-4 p.m.
Kids between 5-11 years old are invited to participate in the Free Play day, presented by Valley Health Plan, where they can scrimmage and simply enjoy the game of soccer with no coaching or scouting pressure. Equipment including balls, goals and pinnies will be provided as will lunch, courtesy of Erik’s Deli. Participants should bring their own cleats, shin guards and water. The Free Play days have a 200 children limit. Those interested in participating should RSVP here.