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Date [ 2014-06-23, 06:40 ]

Football icon conducts a football clinic as well donate a pair of boots for an auction.

David Beckham with his autographed football boots which will be auctioned during “Celebrities Give Back to Singapore.”

(Singapore=Koreanpress) Benjamin Kim = David Beckham returned to Singapore to this June, to conduct a football clinic with beneficiaries from SportCares Singapore, Special Olympics, Deaf Sports Association (Singapore) and Bedok Youth Society for the Disabled.

He signed a pair of football boots as part of his contribution towards the ‘Celebrities Give Back to Singapore’ auction to be held from June 14 till August 1, 2014.

The auction is a component of the highly-anticipated annual Sands for Singapore Festival to be held from August 1-3, 2014. 
Starting the event with an inspirational video about his journey as a successful footballer, Beckham also addressed the audience with a motivational talk on the importance of team work and passion. He was well in his element while conducting an exclusive football clinic with the 90 participants. They included underprivileged youth, youth-at-risk and people with different disabilities, ranging from cerebral palsy, intellectual disability and hearing impairment.

The stations set up at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza consisted of ‘kick by numbers’, a foosball station and a game simulator. The young athletes’ excitement was palpable as they enjoyed the unique experience of interacting and playing with the sporting legend. For many, it was a dream come true to have the rare chance of gaining some football pointers and personal insights from Beckham.

As Marina Bay Sands kick starts its upcoming annual Sands for Singapore Festival, Beckham also presented and signed a pair of boots as the final auction item for ‘Celebrities Give Back to Singapore’ auction. The boots were added to the list of auction items alongside his wife Victoria Beckham’s earlier contribution of three hand-picked items from her clothing line collections.

“We are honoured to have the support of David Beckham for our annual Sands for Singapore festival once again. We appreciate that he remains so involved, as he continues to participate in our ongoing initiatives for the young athletes and charities. Last year’s inaugural Sands for Singapore Festival helped raise over $3.6 million and we hope to do even better this year,” said Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands.

All proceeds from the auction will go to Marina Bay Sands’ charity partners, BT Budding Artist Fund and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. 
Beckham joins a stellar list of celebrities who have been inspired to team up with Marina Bay Sands to give back to the local community. Other stars have been equally generous and big-hearted as well while visiting Marina Bay Sands. Contributors include Eva Longoria with Italian jeweler Damiani, the main cast of The Amazing Spider Man 2, Jackie Chan, RAIN and sportsmen Rio Ferdinand and Manny Pacquiao, amongst many others.

Beckham also met up with the local winner of the first-ever “Unlocking The Vault to Meet David Beckham” Facebook contest. Kaitlyn Melissa Leow was one of five lucky fans who won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the global icon. She also enjoyed a luxurious one-night stay in a Marina Bay Sands Club Room and the chance of having an exclusive meet-and-greet session with the renowned ex-footballer.

“I have been a fan of David Beckham since I was 11 years old. I have followed his career since his glorious days with Manchester United. It is such an honour to meet the man himself and I thank Marina Bay Sands for giving me this opportunity,” said Kaitlyn.


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