CORRECTING and REPLACING Team USA’s Jozy Altidore Joins Project Phoenix Advisory Board

Project Phoenix Welcomes Member of United States National Soccer Team as the First Athlete to Join its Outstanding Advisory Board

CORRECTION...by Project Phoenix

NEW YORK--()--In subhead, first and fourth graph, Jozy Altidore was mistakenly referred to as the captain of the United States Men’s National Team.

The corrected release reads:

TEAM USA’S JOZY ALTIDORE JOINS PROJECT PHOENIX ADVISORY BOARD

Project Phoenix Welcomes Member of United States National Soccer Team as the First Athlete to Join its Outstanding Advisory Board

Project Phoenix, a NY-based non-profit foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide through athletic programs and the introduction of sports infrastructure into their communities, is proud to announce that Jozy Altidore of the United States National Men’s soccer team has joined its advisory board. Altidore joins a distinguished panel of advisors including NBC Sports’ Bob Costas, former United States House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Gephardt and former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert.

Project Phoenix’s inaugural project, Phoenix Stadium, will be a 12,000-seat soccer and athletic facility for the people of Cite Soleil, Haiti. Ravaged by the 2010 earthquake, Cite Soleil is currently designated a United Nations Red Zone and urgently requires a source of economic development. The children and young adults who represent the majority of Cite Soleil’s population are in need of a source of hope and inspiration, a cause that is particularly close to Altidore’s heart.

"As a man of Haitian descent, I'm honored to be part of an organization like Project Phoenix benefiting the children of Haiti through sports," Altidore said. "I, better than most, know how much of a positive impact sports can have on your life and how far they can take you."

This summer, Altidore will enter into his second career FIFA World Cup on the US National team. This year’s draw pits Team USA against a particularly strong group of challengers – including the national teams from Germany, Portugal and Ghana – but Altidore’s past performance, passion and growth have him poised to lead a successful Team USA in 2014.

“Project Phoenix is thrilled to have an athlete of such skill and poise as Jozy join its Advisory Board,” says Morad Fareed, president of Project Phoenix. “Not only is he a phenomenal ambassador for Project Phoenix, but he is a role model to children and aspiring athletes around the world. It is our hope that the children we serve in all communities and especially Haiti will be inspired by Jozy’s success and moved by his compassion.”

In addition to serving as a world-class professional athletic facility, Project Phoenix will house a soccer academy, an elementary and middle school and youth dormitories. Through the ingenious design of world-renowned architect Carlos Zapata, the grounds will be landscaped with gardens for farming and will include a garbage composting and recycling plant and a small lake containing tilapia for community use. This self-sustaining community will effectively establish the Stadium as an economic and social focal point for the city and a source of pride for its residents.

About Jozy Altidore

From beloved son and international soccer star to loving brother and respected global philanthropist, Jozy Altidore wears many important hats on and off the field of play.

Altidore, the youngest of four children of Haitian immigrants, has blossomed into one of the world's premier strikers playing for the United States Men's National Team and Barclays Premier League club Sunderland. The Boca Raton, FL resident was also recently named the 2013 U.S. Male Athlete of the Year by U.S. Soccer and the Player of the Year by Futbol de Primera.

Altidore has taken part in several charitable fundraisers and organized multiple projects through the Jozy Altidore Foundation. He has been recognized by several non-profit groups and organizations for his work in several U.S. cities/communities and the nation of Haiti. Launched in 2011, Altidore's foundation recently completed funding and construction of a well for a community in Haiti in need of clean water. He is teaming up with actress/singer JoJo on a second well project in Haiti in late December.

You can learn more about Altidore via his web site at www.jozyaltidore.com and via his Twitter account @JozyAltidore.

ABOUT PROJECT PHOENIX

Project Phoenix is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished youth globally through athletic programs and building sports facilities. Project Phoenix supports local partners and youth programs by developing stadiums and self-sustaining environments, which will house their educational programs, sports trainings and dormitories for children. Project Phoenix’ goal is to level the playing field by providing impoverished children worldwide the opportunity to play sports, imagine a better life and compete in the global arena. These endeavors will simultaneously impact the larger communities through job creation and a sense of local and national pride.

Contacts

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Nike Communications
Gina Sevilla, 646-654-3448
GSevilla@nikecomm.com

Release Summary

Project Phoenix, a non-profit organization improving the lives of children by building athletic programs and sport stadiums in developing countries, announces Advisory Board member Jozy Altidore.

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Contacts

Press:
Nike Communications
Gina Sevilla, 646-654-3448
GSevilla@nikecomm.com