Every year in December, more than 300 stars, footballers, philanthropists, and leaders in business and media come together at the Grassroot Soccer World AIDS Day Gala in London to support our work to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people in challenging circumstances to live healthier lives.
Highlights of the 2016 event at Marylebone One included Hollywood actor and Manchester United fan, James Nesbitt, hosting a live question and answer session with thirteen-time Premier League winning manager Sir Alex Ferguson; an inspiring speech by Grassroot Soccer Ambassador and U.S. Women’s National Team player Christen Press, and an exciting live performance by multi-award-winning American singer Anastacia.
Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United manager, said “Throughout my career in football, it was important to me that I never stopped learning, yet Grassroot Soccer’s footballing lessons transcend the love of the game into areas far more important than sport. AIDS is a deadly disease that affects millions of people around the world, and using football as a platform to educate, prevent its proliferation and save lives, is a cause that should unite the footballing community.”
Each year, the World AIDS Day Gala’s guests participate in a lively auction of prizes donated by ambassadors, supporters, and other high profiled celebrities. In 2016, these included a leadership coaching session with the British Coxless 4 team members, a tennis lesson with Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, and an amazing luxury Maldives holiday donated by Soneva, to name a few. Grassroot Soccer is very grateful to those who donate items and to Belvedere Vodka, the official event drink partner.
To view additional photos from the event, please watch the slideshow below.
This year’s World AIDS Day Gala takes place on Friday 1st December 2017 (World AIDS Day), at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London. For more information, contact Amelisa Wright.