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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First Testimonial Match in MLS History

The Houston Dynamo sent one of its original players off in style during the first testimonial match in MLS history. Brian Ching, a forward with the team since 2006, retired in December and will now serve as the managing director of the women’s soccer team, Houston Dash. As a tribute to Ching, I worked on an interview with the “Dynamo Zone” team that covered Ching’s life on and off the pitch.

Ching helped the team bring home the MLS Cup in 2006 for its inaugural season when he scored the game-tying goal and winning penalty kick and continued to serve as a leader through other moments in his career.

The match was held in December at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston and all proceeds from it went toward The House that Ching Built and Houston Habitat for Humanity, initiatives that raise funds to build homes for deserving families. According to houstondynamo.com,  a total of $130,000 was raised.

Testimonial matches have long been a part of the tradition in European football clubs.

You can see both parts of the interview below. I’ll start covering the Dynamo again when the season kicks off March 8.

Part 1

Part 2