Bowled Away by Dynamo Charities
Wednesday, July 23, Dynamo Charities and Warren Creavalle hosted the Dynamo Strikes! bowling event to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. This charity event featured donation packages that allowed fans to contribute on multiple levels, with the highest level scoring a game with a Houston Dynamo or Houston Dash player!
The event’s history stretches back to 2012, when former Houston Dynamo Calen Carr first hosted the event under the name "Calen’s Big Play." Proceeds went to expanding the Big Brothers Big Sisters Houston chapter. Carr and fellow Dynamo provided the incentive for fans to pony up for a chance to bowl two games with their beloved players.
Carr’s inspiration for the partnership with Big Brother Big Sister came from the many mentors in his life, he claims. Big Brothers Big Sisters seek out stable mentors who seek to make a difference in a child’s life. The commitment Big Brothers or Big Sisters make to a child provide a role model where the youth may otherwise not have one. "Whether it was an interested teacher, soccer coach or mentor in an after-school program, these peopled helped inspire me to dream big, both as a student and an athlete," Carr says.
Several Dynamo Theory writers banded together for bowling under the team name "Horsties." As is only appropriate given our group name, we bowled with David Horst. The evening was a delight! Eddie Robinson served as Master of Ceremonies and Warren Creavalle gave Houston one last gift as the host. Esteemed bowler and Dynamo Theory Managing Editor Sean Ringrose placed first on the team.
Players from both the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash entertained fans. Players also focused their attention on the reason for the event: the "Little" Brothers and Sisters who had come. Omar Cummings bowled almost exclusively with Littles, carrying the bowling balls to the lanes for the smallest of them. Giles Barnes modestly declined a dance off with another Little.
Dynamo Charities events continue this week with an exhibition match Thursday versus the Fireballs and the BBVA Compass Charity Cup Saturday against Aston Villa. More information about Dynamo Charities and how to contribute to their efforts in the community can be found on their website.