Bring a ball to the Hermosa Beach World Cup Watch Party – Daily Breeze

When soccer fans gather at the outdoor Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach on Friday and Saturday mornings, November 25th and 26th, to watch four games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, they will be invited to bring their own soccer balls.

Not to play – but to give.

Hermosa Beach restaurateur Ron Newman has joined The Daily Breeze Ball Drive, accepting sports ball donations at two locations: Tower 12 and Baja Sharkeez, 52 and 53 Pier Ave.

This marks the 23rd year that The Daily Breeze, and now its sister newspaper The Beach Reporter, have collected holiday balls to support LA Harbor’s Boys & Girls Clubs.

The campaign, which was launched on November 14th, has the ambitious goal of giving away 4,000 balls to youngsters in the clubs. Since the introduction of the ball drive, an estimated 27,000 balls have flown into the hands of children, many of them from low-income families. An average sports ball lasts about a year with regular use. So the need is great.

With around 2,000 spectators expected to head to the Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach on Friday to watch Netherlands v Ecuador at 8am and USA v England at 11am in what could be one of the most-watched soccer games in American history It’s good timing to spread the word about ball propulsion, Newman said.

And its Tower 12 and Sharkeez restaurant manager is happy to prepare for the crowds, opening early and hiring staff.

“It’s slow this time of year, so any kind of bonus like this is great,” said Cody Lauterbach, manager of both restaurants.

It’s going to be a prime time, Lauterbach said, for people just waking up after a big Thanksgiving meal to head to Pier Plaza to watch the games. And the restaurants will be ready.

Tower 12 and Baja Sharkeez will open at 8 a.m. instead of the usual 11 a.m. on those days, Lauterbach said. And he staffs the restaurants like he would on a busy Saturday night, adding 12 more employees at each location. Breakfast specialties will be available, he added.

So if you want to watch a football game in Hermosa Beach on Friday or Saturday, bring a new, still-packaged ball and drop it off at Tower 12 or Baja Sharkeez. It doesn’t have to be football. Sports balls of all types are welcome – basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs or volleyballs.

If you’re not going to Pier Plaza, you can still donate.

For example, if you stop by a participating Big 5 Sporting Goods store, you will receive a 25% discount on all regular sports balls donated to their in-store collection points.

Here are other drop off points:

  • Port of Los Angeles Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs: 1200 S. Cabrillo Ave., San Pedro; and 1444 WQ St., Wilmington. Participants can order online and have the ball sent to these addresses or donate money directly to the clubs.
  • UNIFY Financial Credit Union: 1455 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne; One Space Park Drive, Redondo Beach; 1899 Western Way, Torrance; 8632 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles; and 20305 Anza Ave., Torrance.
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods: 529 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro; 2745 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance; 17542 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance; 20700 S Avalon Blvd, Carson; and 2515 E. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo.
  • First Bank: 21503 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance; 1644 W. Redondo Blvd., Gardena.
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