2015-04-08 / Features

Pelé, Beckenbauer Champions For Children’s Health

The New York Cosmos announced on March 31 details of Champions for Children’s Health Night on Saturday, April 18, when the Cosmos’ 2015 NASL Spring Season home opener kicks off against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. The Cosmos will work in conjunction with the club’s official partner, New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) to raise funds for, and promote the importance of children’s health.
The club’s Honorary President Pelé and fellow Cosmos legend, Franz Beckenbauer will be present at the game. Two patients from NYHQ’s pediatric program, along with Pelé and Beckenbauer, will also be honored during a special pregame ceremony.
The Cosmos will donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales from the match to NYHQ’s pediatrics programs and services for young children.
“We are grateful to the Cosmos for partnering with us to raise funds that will allow NYHQ to enhance the programs and services that our young patients and their families know and trust,” said Maria Thanjan, MD, director, Pediatric Cardiology, NYHQ. “We are encouraging everyone we know to attend the opening game in support of our young patients and the Cosmos!”
In addition, New York Cosmos staff and players will continue to visit NYHQ’s inpatient pediatric patients and participate in some NYHQ events during the year.
“We are excited to be working with New York Hospital Queens in support of this important cause,” Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover said. “With the support of our fans, we are hoping we can help their Department of Pediatrics raise money and awareness as they continue to provide quality healthcare and services for young children.”
New York Hospital Queens is the official hospital and orthopedic consultants for the New York Cosmos. NYHQ is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College. The Department of Pediatrics at NYHQ annually treats approximately 27,000 patients, from birth to age 21, providing a higher level of medical care to children and adolescents – with a gentle approach. This includes personalized attention, a warm, child-friendly environment and services that help make patients and their families feel at ease. For more information about NYHQ, visit www.nyhq.org.
The New York Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the North American Soccer League (NASL), winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA. This included Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto.
It had been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos, an iconic global soccer club, have played in a professional league. Yet throughout their absence, the club maintained a loyal and dedicated fan following.
On August 3, 2013, the New York Cosmos returned to the NASL with a sell-out win at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, before embarking on a season that would see the Cosmos win the 2013 North American Soccer League Fall Season. The club closed out its inaugural season by winning the 2013 Soccer Bowl with a 1-0 victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks on November 9, 2013 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, Atlanta, GA. The championship is the sixth NASL title in the club’s history.
The Cosmos also submitted a privately-funded economic development proposal in 2013 to the State of New York to build a world-class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium at Belmont Park. More information about the proposal and renderings can be found at www.newcosmosstadium.com.
For more information on the New York Cosmos, visit www.newyorkcosmos.com, join them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @NYCosmos. Season tickets for the 2015 season are also now available by calling 855-712-6766, 855-712-6766 FREE or via the club’s official website.

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