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Scenes from Steve Nash’s 9th Annual Showdown NYC on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted June 23, 2016 at 5:16 am

Last night, the Lower East Side again played host to the annual Showdown NYC. It was the ninth outing for retired ball player Steve Nash, who rallied his athlete friends for another inner-city friendly. As in years prior, a delegation of NBA, MLS, and international soccer stars, as well as notable personalities, gathered at Nike […]

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Steve Nash’s 9th Annual ‘Showdown NYC’ Brings Landon Donovan To The Pitch

Posted May 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

With the drama surrounding the sorry state of Sara D. Roosevelt’s pitch and its subsequent eleventh hour replacement all comfortably in the past, the Steve Nash Foundation is ready to kick off its 9th annual “Showdown NYC.” And this year, Nash is breaking out the big guns. Or feet. According to the LA Galaxy’s website, “Landon […]

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Scenes from Steve Nash’s 8th Annual Showdown NYC [PHOTOS]

Posted June 25, 2015 at 5:13 am

The annual Steve Nash Showdown in Chinatown almost didn’t happen this time around. It was much ado over a deteriorated soccer field that wasn’t properly maintained. Nine years of use and abuse really wore it down. The pitch was finally replaced earlier this month after Nike stepped up to the plate, at which point the […]

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Stanton Street Soccer Field Reopens with Shiny New Turf from Nike

Last modified June 15, 2015 at 10:04 am

Better late than never. The replacement pitch donated by Nike on Stanton Street in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is now ready for play. Officially. The Parks Department cut the ribbon on the new soccer surfacing Friday evening, after mucho pressure from the community (and maybe even from pro athletes participating in the annual Showdown). Contractors […]

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Nike Replaced the Pitch at the Stanton Street Soccer Field; Steve Nash’s ‘Showdown’ is Happening

Posted June 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

After nine years of constant use and abuse, the shredded Nike soccer field on Stanton Street is finally on the road to rehabilitation. The sports brand is currently replacing the field and should wrap by mid-month. New turf carpeting is already in place while other materials lie in wait on the adjacent basketball courts. Honestly, […]

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Reader Report: Child Steps on Exposed Needle in the Nike Field Turf on Stanton Street

Posted May 15, 2015 at 5:10 am

Rumors surfaced earlier this week that the Showdown in Chinatown (now, simply “Showdown”) is on shaky ground this year. The annual event – begun by the Steve Nash Foundation in 2008 – might be sidelined due to the disastrous condition of the field. Yes, the well-worn nature of the pitch is a testament to the importance […]

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Rumor: Defective Stanton Street Soccer Field Sidelines Steve Nash’s Showdown in Chinatown (For Now)

Last modified May 12, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Nine years after Nike “gifted” a soccer field on Stanton Street, the pitch is totaled. The conditions here are terrible, and downright dangerous. As previously reported, the turf has been deteriorating at an alarming rate, especially since 2010. With good reason; it’s used constantly and at all hours. The turf is so far gone that […]

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Nike Soccer Field on Stanton Street is in Terrible Shape; Parks Department Considers Repair a Priority

Posted January 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

Repairing the dilapidated (nay, dangerous) Nike soccer field in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a high priority, according to the Parks Department. Nearly nine years after its media-friendly debut, the Nike-built pitch is in tatters. Literally. The turf carpeting is a dangerous minefield of burrs, divots, and even exposed metal base. One athlete who plays […]

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Recap: Steve Nash’s 7th Annual Showdown NYC

Last modified June 27, 2014 at 8:29 am

As we neared Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the summery jingle of ice cream trucks, overworked engines of delivery vehicles, and general afternoon din of the Lower East Side was replaced with a growing festive atmosphere. Speakers pumped out Top 40 dance remixes and people milled about. The threat of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance for Steve Nash’s […]

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7th Annual ShowdownNYC Street Soccer Match Kicks Off Tomorrow Night

Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:11 am

World Cup excitement is at a fever pitch (pun intended), and this week footballers, basketballers, giddy children, and fans of all ages will take to Sara D. Roosevelt Park for Steve Nash’s 7th Annual Showdown NYC, to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation. With world class talent always showing up for the 8-a-side street match, and with the US […]

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