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We've told you about Bless Field, the micro-pitch OPI is building for the kids in the New Columbia neighborhood. You'll be hearing a lot more about this project throughout 2013 starting with an amazing fundraiser + raffle that you won't want to miss.
Join Operation Pitch Invasion, the 107ist and "5 Minutes to Kickoff" on April 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Hollywood Theatre for an evening celebrating Soccer City USA's past and creating Soccer City USA's future.
To help OPI build Bless Field, a field on which a future Timbers or Thorns (!) star will be born, we'll look back at the roots of major league soccer in Portland with some of the legends who played here, men who filled the stadium with fans and stayed on to help turn those fans into a true soccer community.
Come see highlights of Pele playing against the Timbers in Portland in 1976; the Timbers playing the Sting at Wrigley Field in 1982; and, in an extended cut, the Timbers playing the Sounders in a playoff semifinal in front of a record crowd in Portland in 1975.
Commenting throughout the evening will be the players on the screen, among them Willie Anderson, Bernie Fagan, Mick Hoban, Bill Irwin and Jimmy Kelly.
Thanks to the Hollywood Theatre's generosity, every cent of OPI's net proceeds goes directly toward building Bless Field at New Columbia. The facility will serve kids from 22 countries who speak 11 languages -- and, of course, the common tongue of soccer. With the organizational support of the Boys and Girls Club (immediately adjacent to the field) and the instructional guidance from AC Portland, the Timbers youth academy, Timbers Army volunteer coaches and mentors will help implement a program of instruction and organized play on Bless Field (named for the late TA legend General Timber Howie Bless). And someday -- not far long from now, either -- one of those kids will score a meaningful goal for the Timbers or Thorns (!) at our stadium, and the connection of Team-Town-Timbers Army will be complete.
We’ve made our Beating Seattle event even better by adding a raffle for four center-pitch Key Club seats to the Timbers – Dyanmo match on April 6. Chances are $5.00 each and can either be purchased at the event or by making a donation of $5.00 or more above. You need not be present at the event to win, but it sure would be fun if you were! If you’ve already made a donation, we’ll set aside a raffle ticket for every $5.00 you’ve donated. No limit on the number of raffle tickets you can buy! Our thanks to Dr. Dennis Crawford, Director of Sports Medicine at OHSU for providing the raffle prize.
If you can't join us, consider purchasing raffle tickets on this page or sharing details about the project and this event with your friends. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.
Seating is limited and we expect the event to sell-out. See you on April 4!
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Operation Pitch Invasion
Operation Pitch Invasion is a local, grass-roots charity that builds, revitalizes and maintains soccer fields throughout the Portland Metro area so that players of all ages and skill levels have high quality and safe playing surfaces to enjoy the beautiful game.
A Benefit for Bless Field