On a crisp early afternoon in NYC, 5 lucky fans were given the opportunity to kick for 1 Million dollars at Roosevelt Island against USA soccer great Tim Howard. The “Your shot at $1 Million” program gave 5 sweepstakes winners a shot at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a penalty shot against Howard, and then a shot for the chance to win $1 million dollars. Tim Howard’s charity partner the New Jersey Center for Tourette syndrome, prevailed as the ultimate winner collecting $105,000 in funds raised for the organization. Randomly selected from more than 100,000 entries for the “Your Shot at $1 Million Dollars” program, the five sweepstakes winners included Bryce Pigott, from Gilbert Arizona, Andy Acton of Rochester, NY, Dana Elaine of Philadelphia, PA, Matt Gold of Denver, CO and Alex Varela of Dallas, TX. They were all flown to New York along with a guest and had an opportunity to meet Tim Howard, attend the U.S. vs. Costa Rica game on Oct. 13, and enjoy some of New York’s hot spots, courtesy of el Jimador Tequila.
As I stood there hoping to witness a new millionaire, I was nervous for all the participants but at the end Bryce Pigott scored a goal earning him $20k and the chance to win a million, although he missed the million shot, I’m sure the experience was worth the trip. Along with the 20k winner Bryce, the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, where Howard serves on the board, also won receiving funds raised throughout the program by adult consumers who used #KICKTS hashtag in their social media posts as well as $20,000 awarded for each shot blocked by Howard totaling $105,000.
I had to ask Tim Howard some question regarding the USA team, El Jimador and the charity he represents which is near and dear to him as Tim lives with the Tourette syndrome:
How ready is the USA Team to make a run for the World Cup?
We lost to Mexico, it was a friendly game but we lost. Next month is a big month, we have 2 games with St Vincent and Trinidad, and hopefully we can quiet the storm a bit and earn 6 points and get back on track. The team is confident and I think we’ll be ok.
You are a 36 year old playing at a high level, is this next World Cup run your last hurrah?
Yes without a doubt. 2018, when it comes and the season finishes and the World Cup is over, I’ll be done playing soccer.
How bad did you want to stop the participants from scoring?
Well, El Jimador has put on an incredible event, and as much as it was about the money it was also about having fun. But I am a competitor man (laughs) its hard to let shots go by, but I also had some incentives to bring money for the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, so overall I think everyone walked away happy.
What’s your favorite El Jimador drink?
Añejo, lime and a little bit of soda.
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