Sisters Mallory (Junior) and Allison (Freshman) Vroon love the beautiful game and play on the varsity soccer team at Black River High School in Holland, Michigan. A few months back (during the holiday season) they decided to get involved with Charity Ball by making some donations to help kids in Africa have a ball. Not only did they donate, but they also decided to order up a few Charity Ball T’s to help spread the word and support the soccer ball fund. Here is a sweet picture the gals sporting their CB t-shirts. Looking good ladies in Charity Ball colors! Thanks for having huge hearts and helping us make a difference. -E
Thought it might be worth posting a “How To” on the blog section from time to time.
Every now and again, someone will ask, “what is the best way to clean a soccer ball?” Good question. Balls can get pretty ugly after a while and If you play on a turf field, the artificial pitch can make things even worse. There are probably a dozen different ways to do this, but here’s what we do at our house:
1. Begin by rinsing the ball with clean water. Try not to drench it, because the water can eat away at the seams over time. Use a rag and get rid of all the loose dirt.
2. Once all the loose dirt is gone, we need to use a cleanser. Soap doesn’t always do the trick, so we take it up a notch. Grab some diluted Simple Green and spray the ball. We usually use a 50/50 mix: 50% Simple Green and 50% water. (We talked to some of the guys at Adidas and they tell us that 409 can make it happen as well.)
3. Spray the diluted Simple Green on the ball and wait about 30 seconds. It will loosen the grime.
4. Next, take a 3M Scotch-Brite pad and gently scrub each section of the ball . Make sure you take it easy around the decals. (Scotch-Brite tip from Coach Brent Kowalski)
5. Rinse with a wet cloth, dry with a towel and call it good.
Last night I received my new Nike Vapor Vllls. I customized them on nike.com and the entire process took about a month. The cleats didn’t arrive looking exactly like what I expected, but they are sweet anyway!
Here’s the quick overview:
(Challenge red) ie tangerine-tango red with white shoe laces
White swooshes, white heal graphics and KING id. Nike decided to do away with the lightning bolt graphics that were on the Vapor VIIs.
Went with the safari package to complete the look. The safari finish gives the boots a bit of a shine.
Opted for the firm grounds. More to come.
Better than the 7s out of the box. It was like they were molded to my feet immediately.
Lightest boots I’ve ever owned
They look sick!
It’s been raining for two days straight, so I haven’t had a chance to play in them yet. I’m hoping the rain stops and sun comes out for my league game tomorrow. I’ll let you know how they perform next week.
Nike just released the new 2012 US National Team home jersey. It’s sick. It features Dri-FIT technology, which works to take away body moisture-keeping players cool. It also has new ventilation holes on the side that are pretty nifty. What’s really amazing is that each jersey is made with an average of 13 recycled plastic bottles. I can’t wait to see the US teams play in this new kit. My Aunt Cristy and Jim gave me a gift card for Christmas. I’ve been waiting to use it for something really cool and it looks like the waiting has paid off!
When I was in South Africa a few days back, my family and I got to take a private tour of Soccer City-the stadium where the 2010 FIFA World Cup championship was played. It was sensational! Soccer City is also known as FNB stadium. It has a capacity of around 90,000 +/- and is located in Johannesburg. We got to explore almost everything. We sat in the stands. We walked down the same tunnel the players walk down. We kicked the ball around in the warm-up room. We even got juggle and dribble on the side of the pitch a bit. I loved it. Someday I hope to play there professionally. -Ethan King
This is Joseph. His lives in Kliptown – a shanty-town outside of Johannesburg. When I was in South Africa last week, I saw him pushing an old toy car around through the dirt. Joseph was supposed to be at creche (preschool) but he was feeling sick, so his mother made him stay home. As soon as we saw him, we knew he needed a soccer ball. As we walked over, he stared us down – probably wondering, “who are these guys.” I walked over and handed him a new ball. At first there wasn’t much of an expression. I think he was still wondering what we were up to. Once he dropped the ball to feet and started kicking it around – it seemed like he forgotten about his stomach ache. In matter of time he was all smiles. His mom said that up until this point, he had never owned his own soccer ball. Maybe he might be the next Drogba. Who knows?
This past week the new Charity Ball Kits arrived. They look spectacular! Tonight at training, I was able to hand them out to the guys on my Lakeshore Premier Soccer team. Special thanks to Coach Brent for helping organize things. The kits are sponsored in part by Soccerpro.com. Other generous people helped underwrite the tournament fees. The guys on the team were so jazzed to receive the Adidas Tiro 11 gear. The tournament takes place in Novi, Michigan on May 11-13. Our team is playing on behalf of Charity Ball to help spread the word and hopefully get some more people involved in the project. -E
My brother just got the 2012 African Cup of Nations Match Ball (the Comoequa) for his birthday. Adidas doesn’t sell the ball in the US. Ever since we planned our trip to South Africa, my brother has been wanting the ball. The Comoequa is named after the Como River that runs through the co-hosts countries, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The Comequa is designed and constructed the same way as the Tango 12, the official match ball for the Euro 2012. I have had the chance to have a kick about with the ball and it is a huge improvement on the 2010 Jabulani WC ball. Congrats again to Zambia on the win. Check out promo video here.
For the past few years, we’ve been supporting the Nike (RED) project by wearing their red laces in our cleats (boots for our Euro/ Africa friends). 2 weeks ago we stopped by Nike’s Training Center in Soweto, South Africa. When we showed up, there was a U17 international tournament going on. We talked to some of the guys from Zambia and they were pretty jazzed about playing. After watching a game we went inside the center and took a little tour. At the back of the building was this cool life-size sign that said, “Lace Up. Save Lives.” We quickly snapped a pict. Whenever you buy the Product (RED) laces for around $4, Nike will give 100% of the profits to Fight AIDS and fund programs that provide medicine for those living with HIV in Africa. They look sweet and they make a difference. Grab a pair here.