A great event with something for everyone this Sunday in Crown Heights from Seeds in the Middle. If you're a restaurant/food service owner (or otherwise work in the industry), they're still looking for donations to feed the kids, and every little bit helps.
SOCCER FOR HARMONY - SUNDAY, DEC. 18 - CROWN HEIGHTS - TOURNAMENT 2-4 PM
FESTIVE DAY! FIRST TOURNAMENT INVOLVING CARIBBEAN-BORN, ORTHODOX JEWISH, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, ALL PLAYERS to benefit kids
20 Years after Crown Heights Conflict - Honors Christopher Rose, killed by teens over an iPod at 15
WHERE: Hamilton Metz Field (Albany/Lefferts Avenues, Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 18 - 2:00 PM - Play-offs - four teams 3:00 PM - Finals - two teams -
Prize: Trophy, certificate to Basil Pizza and Wine Bar (a hip, local kosher eatery)
WHAT: Outdoor Tournament at Hamilton Metz Field
Indoor Kids Soccer and Healthy Food at PS 221, 791 Empire Boulevard @ Troy
(possible new flea market to promote local businesses)
Food donors wanted!
Preview: Interview lead players from Caribbean, African-American and Jewish communities; Errol Rose, Coach Josef Cabral, Kids!
Sponsors/Players Welcome - $20 to $5,000! All tax-deductible to charity!
Contact: Nancie Katz - 917-697-3745, www.seedsinthemiddle.org
BROOKLYN, DEC. 13 - Twenty years after the Crown Heights riots, local adult players hailing from the Caribbean, Orthodox Jewish, Israeli communities and beyond face off at Hamilton Metz Field for Soccer for Harmony - named by a rabbi - a festive day in honor of kids and Christopher Rose, the “iPod kid”, stabbed to death at 15 years old in 2005 by a gang of teens over an iPod.
The teams are led by Caribbean-born and Orthodox Jewish players who regularly play on the same field - but rarely with each other. The joy of soccer has brought them together to support opportunities for all kids to play organized sports and get healthy food and fitness at the heart of the obesity epidemic. The tournament supports Seeds in the Middle and the new Crown Heights Soccer Eagles league, led by former pro Portuguese player, Josef Cabral.
Other potential features: DOG LOVERS! Tyril Firth, the Caribbean-born Brooklyn dog whisperer, will show kids the dog he taught to count; a new Crown Heights Flea, photos with Georgia the Goldendoodle - Seeds mascot, raffle for iPod donated by Apple
Soccer for Harmony honors the memory of Christopher Rose and those of the many Christophers who died from violence. It supports healthy, fun youth alternatives to prevent more Christophers. Its chairs are Christopher’s dad, Errol, who has tirelessly worked with Seeds in the Middle’s programs to build community and fight gang violence and Mr. Cabral, a public school teacher, of Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), trained at the same academy as Cristiano Ronaldo, Figo and Nani.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who recently died, called Errol several times in his moment of grief in 2005 and Apple has donated iPods, Nanos and IPad2s to further Seeds in the Middle work.
Central Brooklyn has one of the city’s highest obesity and diabetes rates. Most kids struggle with poverty and low academic achievement. Seeds in the Middle was founded by former Daily News reporter Nancie Katz and Crown Heights-born former PS 91 Principal Solomon Long in 2009. Back then, kids had no organized sports at Hamilton Metz field right across from PS 91. They had limited options for organized sports nearby, or at least affordable ones. Public funding had dried up. Hard-working parents worried constantly about their children’s lack of activities and safety. Together, Ms. Katz and Mr. Long created Seeds in the Middle and Hip2B Healthy, named by P.S. 91 fourth graders - partnering with corporations, foundations, public agencies and inspiring donors to make healthy choices easy, accessible and affordable to all.
Today, PS 221 is their pilot Hip2B Healthy School - a model to be replicated in the city and beyond. It is the same school attended by Gavin Cato - the child killed in the Crown Heights riots 20 years ago. This fall, Seeds in the Middle also opened the Crown Heights Farmers Market this fall and launched the TASTES of Brooklyn, partnering chefs and farmers for kids.