Tonight in Sara D. Roosevelt Park: Steve Nash’s “Showdown in Chinatown”

Photo: Steve Nash Foundation.

Photo: Steve Nash Foundation.

Tonight’s the night in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Steve Nash’s annual celebrity soccer tournament, Showdown in Chinatown, kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

This year the retired NBA star faces off against U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan. More from the press release:

Showdown kicks off on June 22nd at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the middle of the Lower East Side, at Forsyth and Stanton. Now in its 9th summer, Showdown brings together NBA players, including playoffs standout Bismack Biyombo, and international soccer stars, lead by newcomers Landon Donovan and Georgios Samaras, and former Showdown MVP Giuseppe Rossi. Saturday Night Live alum and Horrible Bosses and Last Man On Earth actor Jason Sudeikis, whose actual athletic skills were on display at the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game in Toronto, will bring his Ted Lasso character to the LES in support of the Steve Nash Foundation.

Showdown in Chinatown is a free event. More information about the Steve Nash Foundation here.

Steve Nash’s Showdown in Chinatown Returns to Sara D. Roosevelt Park

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Steve Nash’s sixth annual Showdown NYC.

Things heated up fast at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, on Chrystie and Stanton Streets, last night when the sixth annual NYC Showdown got underway.

Steve Nash’s “Showdown” at Sara D. Roosevelt Park

The annual soccer tournament hosted by the Steve Nash Foundation is back next Wednesday for its sixth year in a row on the Lower East Side, bringing players from both basketball courts and soccer fields to Nash’s “home pitch” at  Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

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The Times takes note of last night's 2nd annual "Showdown in Chinatown," a celebrity soccer match featuring basketball and soccer stars in Roosevelt Park. An audition for the Knicks, they ask?

“Showdown in Chinatown” Returns For a Second Year

Nashsoccer "Showdown in Chinatown," a celebrity soccer match will be played tomorrow night in Roosevelt Park. It's a charity event benefiting foundations run by soccer star Claudio Reyna and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash. Among the players taking part are Thierry Henry, Tony Parker, Javier Zanetti, Raja Bell, Adrian Mutu,
Chris Bosh, Ivan Cordoba, Grant Hill, and Giovanni van Brockhurst.

"This event gets right at two of my passions — football (soccer) and
helping improve conditions for kids," Nash says. "The Showdown shows
off what the world's top athletes can do, what they're willing to do to
help, and I can't wait to get on the field. We'll be right in the
middle of the Lower East Side, a phenomenal neighborhood in a beautiful
city, just a couple of guys getting a match on.''

It's a free event, kicking off at 6pm.

More information about the event and the charities can be found here.