LOS ANGELES (Tuesday, December 11, 2001) - Among the brightest young talents on the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, 19-year-old forward Landon Donovan will be using his head this holiday season to assist U.S. Soccer. Through a collaborative deal among the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Landon Donovan and SportsNet Marketing & Management, Inc., Donovan's representative, the parties have combined to produce a "Landon Donovan Bobblehead Doll". The latest craze for sports enthusiasts and sports memorabilia collectors, the Landon Donovan bobblehead doll was created for the purpose of helping to build the future National Team Training Center, as all proceeds from the doll will be allocated to this Capital Campaign.
"As a professional athlete it is important to do the right thing, on and off the field," said Motzkin. "Landon understands his growing role among the soccer community and is grateful for all the support that U.S. Soccer has given him to date. This program is one small way that Landon can help other future soccer players and it is something he is happy to support."
Manufactured by Bensussen, Deutsch & Associates, the Donovan dolls will be sold through Eurosport, a leading soccer product and apparel catalog, website at www.soccer.com starting today. Eurosport's direct mailing catalog will feature the Donovan bobblehead doll beginning in February 2002. Wearing the U.S. Men's National Team uniform, Donovan's bobblehead doll sports the number 21 on his jersey with such additional details as the striker's silver thumb ring on his right hand and his blonde locks and dark brown roots that have become his signature style.
"It is truly exciting for the U.S. Soccer Foundation to be working with Landon, one of the best young soccer players in America," said Herb Giobbi, Executive Director of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. "With the proceeds from this doll, the Foundation can continue to fulfill our mission of enriching lives through soccer."
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is developing the sport of soccer across America through innovative partnerships and grants that help underwrite and support soccer programs and field development. Since it's creation in 1994, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has put more than $30 million into the sport nationwide. For more information on the Foundation's programs, visit their web site at www.ussoccerfoundation.org.