The last thing that Stu Holden wants this summer is a break. After two years out with injury, who can blame him? So far, Holden has been training stateside, participated in the United States Men's National Team camp, played in a friendly against Belgium, saw meaningful minutes in international qualifying, and is now playing for charity. On Wednesday night, basketball star Steve Nash hosted his annual Showdown in Chinatown fund raiser and for the second year running, Holden played a key part.
This year's star-studded lineup included Steve Nash, Stu Holden, Sacha Kljestan (RSC Anderlecht), Massimo Ambrosini (AC Milan great), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina), Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United), Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic), Marco Belinelli (Chicago Bulls), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting CP), Mikel Alonso (former Bolton Wanderers player and currently training with the NY Cosmos), and more.
Team USA, which Holden was a part of, beat the international team by a score of 9-7. Holden grabbed a couple of goals for himself and looked good & quick doing it.
The annual small-sided tournament sees proceeds go to the Steve Nash Foundation which hels various childhood abuse prevention and education programs across the United States and Canada. Proceeds from 2013 games will benefit Educare, which creates "high quality educational opportunities and healthcare access for children ages birth to five years, and their families; the Foundation's child abuse research and education initiative targets root causes of child abuse with an aim to ending child abuse for child abuse patients."