7
Feb

Soccer with a Cause: The #26 Auction

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Following December’s tragic events at Newtown, Conn., various organizations have stepped up to help members of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Quinnipiac University have taken drastic steps to address this in their own special way.

Dave Clarke, head women’s soccer coach for Quinnipiac University, has spearheaded a #26 shirt auction to raise funds for a scholarship for those affected in the local community. The response has been tremendous, as over 100 clubs and national teams have promised to donate #26 shirts to this admirable cause.

Teams such as Bayern Munich, AS Roma and England have joined the effort, while more are expected following this week’s round of international friendlies, World Cup qualifiers or African Cup of Nations matches. Tentative plans are to host the auction in March or April.

For more information, visit www.SHES26soccer.com (under construction) and the program’s online auction site www.biddingforgood.com.

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21
Dec

Altidore pays tribute to school shooting victims

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@JozyAltidore

United States forward Jozy Altidore paid tribute to the 26 victims of the Connecticut school shooting by wearing their names on his cleats during an Eredivisie league match for the Dutch team AZ Alkmaar.

Altidore scrawled the names in black ink across his yellow cleats, plus wore a black band across one of his arms to represent mourning. The 20 students and six teachers at a school in Newtown, Conn. were killed Dec. 14.

Read more here.

16
Dec

Soccer world pays homage to Newtown victims

In times such as this past weekend when tragedy struck in Newtown, CT, soccer and sports in general take a backseat to reflecting on what’s truly important in our lives. And though the games still had to be played, there were several acts of class on display across Europe to send prayers and condolences to the victims and their families across the Atlantic.

From the QPR players insisting on wearing black armbands in their match versus Fulham, to an emotional moment of silence at Celtic Park, to Milan's Antonio Nocerino's goal dedication, take a look at some of the touching images over the weekend.

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The moment of silence prior to Celtic’s match against St. Mirren.

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Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Liverpool and Aston Villa players all wore black armbands in tribute to the Sandy Hook victims.

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Nocerino dedicated his goal to the children and their families, saying, “everything I did today was only for them.”