GlobalGiving has always had an undercurrent of jockiness about it. When I first started working here in late 2003 I was immediately recruited for the Myrtle Beach Relay Marathon (aka road trip with beer to SC). We had a shower in our office. Our first Marketing Manager, Tim, was a championship Ultimate Frisbee player. Dennis and Mari would sometimes show up at work in their biking togs. Dana arrived and put us all to shame with her handstands and backflips across the office floor. Meredith played kickball. As for spectators, well let’s just say that the Tar Heel contingent was strong in the early days. March Madness reigned.
As GG has grown the sports enthusiasm has morphed. We might have more weekend warriors, more members of Red Sox Nation, and more March Madness guessers than marathoners, but it’s still a pretty sports oriented place.
We have been thrilled to be part of Nike’s Let Me Play program for the last couple of years, helping great sport and development projects get access to worldwide donors through a special GG page. And now we are psyched to work with the producers of Kicking It, a new documentary that will be opening here in DC this weekend, and will be distributed by ESPN throughout the summer. Kicking It follows several Homeless World Cup teams as they prep for the 2006 Cup. You can support the teams here. It was directed by a local DC star, Susan Koch, and our pal (and one of the producers) Ted Leonsis has been blogging it like crazy over at Ted’s Take.
For you DC folks – or anyone who will be in town this weekend – the US trials are being held at a new soccer (aka football) pitch in downtown DC. Should be a cool set of events, games and promotion for Kicking It.
Go get ’em, sports fans!