Learning How to “Dynamize”

Over the summer, I added a new word to my vocabulary: “Dynamize.” OK – you won’t actually find it in the dictionary, but it does describe how Dynamo Charities gave back to a family in the East end of Houston.

The project is part of a joint initiative with  former Dynamo soccer star turned Houston Dash managing director, Brian Ching,  and Habitat for Humanity. Ching partnered with the organization to form the House That Ching Built, which raises money to build homes for deserving families in Houston.

The first house in the project was completed back in 2010. Now, the second house is finished, but I was able to catch volunteers add on the finishing touches before the home was presented to the Garcia-Andrade family.

Dynamo Girl Olevia teamed up with Dynamo Charities to help make the house fit for a Dynamo fan. Let’s just say, she definitely put her interior design skills to use!

Fun fact: Funding for this house came from the proceeds that were raised from Brian Ching’s Testimonial Match last December. Overall, $125,000 was raised – enough to cover this house and get started on a third one next year.

Get the full story on Dynamizing the home, below!

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Dynamo Girls Launch Party

It’s official! The roster is set and the 2014 Dynamo Girls have all been named. But before they hit the field on March 8 for the Houston Dynamo season opener at BBVA Compass Stadium, the squad was revealed during a supporter’s group event hosted by El Batallon and Brickwall Firm at Eastdown Warehouse.

The producer of “Dynamo Zone” and I have followed the squad from auditions to the launch to show how they’ve all come full circle. I hope to have more stories on the Dynamo Girls throughout the season. Check out the package below – and do you notice any familiar faces from the auditions?


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Dynamo Girl Auditions

Over 100 women tried out for the opportunity to join the Dynamo Girls, the only dance team in the MLS.

Led by director Marilu Amador-Harman, the Dynamo Girls held their 8th annual auditions on Sunday, January 26 at the Jesse H. Jones student life center on the University of Houston’s downtown campus from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Women with all levels of experience tried out. I talked to one who used to dance for the Houston Aeros before the team moved to Iowa, another who was returning to try out for a third time, and one man (well, actually the only man) who came back to audition a second time. He advanced to the second round the first time he auditioned before being eliminated.

Judges included Sarah Pepper, Ivan Trujillo and PK from HOT 95.7 and Comcast Sportsnet Houston’s Sara Eckert.

I decided to get involved just to see what it’s like trying to keep up with the eight counts while dancing to Pitbull’s “Timber.” Check out my attempt at learning the moves with one of the DG hopefuls (she ended up making it to the second round of auditions, by the way!) in the pics above!

The next round of auditions is this weekend where the finalists have one more chance to show they belong on the squad.

To learn more about the Dynamo Girls, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HoustonDynamoGirls or go to http://www.houstondynamo.com/dynamogirls.

Here’s the package on the tryouts: