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Steve Nash Foundation brings the Showdown to Downtown LA

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Nash and friends held their NY Showdown a few weeks ago but this was the first time for an LA event. And judging by the crowd full of Lakers' jerseys and Steve Nash signs, as long as his career keeps him in LA this game should make several return visits. Post-game, the Steve Nash Foundation held an after-party at LA Live, giving them another opportunity to connect with donors, fans and VIPs.

More than anything, what struck us is how Nash's foundation has created an event that's outside the norm and highly effective in drawing fans, media and other athletes to support his chosen cause. No word on the financial tally from this event, but judging by the on-field attendees - who paid $150/$300 a piece - and the sponsors - Jet Blue, Jawbone, Popchips, Kappa, VitaCoco, UPS and others - this event provides a great opportunity to generate funds for the foundation. There was even a chance to play in the game with these world famous soccer & basketball stars for a $25,000 donation.

According to Nash's site, "proceeds from the 2013 Showdown will benefit Educare and child abuse research and prevention: part of a national network of centers for excellence, Educare Arizona opened doors in September 2011 to create high quality educational opportunities and healthcare access for children ages birth to five years, and their families; the Foundation's child abuse research and education initiative targets root causes of child abuse with an aim to ending child abuse for child abuse patients."

Nash's long tenure with the Phoenix Suns brought him great opportunities to engage with the local communities in Arizona around childhood education and health care. Nash's foundation is also very active in his native Canadian province of British Columbia, as well as with national campaigns in Canada, USA and Paraguay, supporting similar programs for under-served youth as well as environmental responsibility. While his on-court accomplishments are pretty well known, Nash has also been recognized as one of the leading philanthropists in sports, receiving the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Steve Patterson Award, USA Today’s Most Caring Athlete Award, and the Sport BC Community Champion Award, among other accolades.


For more information on the Steve Nash Foundation visit


You can check out all of our photos from the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown on our Facebook page.

Check out this clip of the pre-game warm-up with Steve Nash, Carlo Cudicini, John O'Brien, Kyle Martino, Simone Sandri, and Jeremy Lin...


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