Take Gatorade's BECOME Pledge, support young athletes -- and win a soccer ball autographed by Brandi Chastain!

3Po and Jammy's first soccer practice is this Wednesday, and I think I'm looking forward to it as much as they are. Call me weird, call me a helicopter parent or call me a soccer fan, but I actually enjoyed being a soccer mom last year and I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy it again. I don't care whether they end up playing in the English Premier League (Alfie's ultimate dream) or playing weekend pickup games --my sons really do play their little hearts out, so they deserve no less than a parent who is as fully committed as they are.

At BlogHer this year, I had the pleasure of attending the Gatorade Sports Moms session, with special guests Brandi Chastain (former US Women's Soccer Team Member and Women's World Cup Winner) and Loreane Tomlinson (mother of San Diego Chargers running back and NFL MVP LaDainian "LT" Tomlinson). Brandi and Loreane had some practical tips (i.e. proper nutrition, hydration, staying healthy, avoiding injury, etc..), useful advice (i.e. the fine line between advocating for your child and being a pushy parent) and words of inspiration for parents of young athletes. They encouraged everyone to take the Gatorade BECOME pledge so that not just our kids, but all kids have the opportunity to fulfill their potential as athletes. It was great to see so many sports moms in one place, all committed to supporting our kids to be the best athletes they can be!

About the BECOME pledge
Gatorade is calling upon people to pledge their support to young athletes in their quest to BECOME. Gatorade will donate one dollar up to $10,000 to the Women’s Sports Foundation for every pledge received at www.Gatorade.com/moms (just click “take the pledge now” on the main Gatorade Moms page). Simply read the pledge, click to commit and Gatorade will donate a dollar in support of girls’ and women’s sports. The donation will help ensure there are opportunities for all children who want to get physically active, get involved in competitive athletics and get in the game.

Win a soccer ball autographed by Brandi Chastain
I had the pleasure of meeting Brandi Chastain at the Gatorade Sports Moms session at BlogHer 2011. Unfortunately I can't arrange a meeting for you, but I can do the next best thing! Gatorade will be giving one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader a soccer ball autographed by women's soccer star Brandi Chastain. What a great way to inspire your own budding soccer star!

Required Entry
Leave a comment on this post with a tip for keeping your young athletes safe, healthy and happy this soccer or football season! This entry must be completed before any extra entries will count.

Extra Entries
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry with a way to verify the entry (i.e. tweet link, blog post link, Facebook id, Twitter id, etc.).

1) Take the Gatorade BECOME pledge, then leave a comment on this post telling me you did so (1 entry)

2) Leave a comment on my soccer mom post and share your views on being a soccer mom or sports mom. Do you love being one or are you already looking forward to the final game? How do you think a sports mom should support her child? (1 entry).

3) Add the Bonggamom Finds blog button to your sidebar (1 entry).

4) Follow Bonggamom Finds via GFC (1 entry).

5) Blog about this giveaway, making sure you include a link to the giveaway in your blog post (1 entry).

6) Write this on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page (1 entry):
I entered the Brandi Chastain soccer ball giveaway! http://ow.ly/6fV2s

7) Follow @bonggafinds on Twitter and tweet this, up to once per day (1 entry per day):
@bonggafinds is giving away a soccer ball autographed by Brandi Chastain! http://ow.ly/6fV2s

8) Tweet this (1 entry):
RT @bonggafinds Take the pledge 2 support young athletes at gatoradewsfpledge.com 4 every pledge @Gatorade will donate to @WomensSportsFdn

The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on September 16, 2011; I will draw a winner on September 17 and post the winner's name after he/she confirms acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!

Disclosure: I will be receiving my own Brandi Chastain-autographed soccer ball, courtesy of Gatorade, as a thank-you for posting this information. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

14 Comments, Leave yours here:

Heather! on September 1, 2011 at 7:08 AM said...

I make sure my kids take supplements. They take a multivitamin and Vitamin C once school starts to try to ward off colds and flu. We try to eat a fairly balanced diet, but they are picky eaters, so I try to make sure they're getting the nutrients they need.

h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Heather! on September 1, 2011 at 7:10 AM said...

I took the pledge!
h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Patricia on September 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM said...

Be alert to the signs of a concussion.

patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ on September 10, 2011 at 1:30 AM said...

never ever forget to warm up - and stay hydrated through out practice or games

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ on September 10, 2011 at 1:31 AM said...

I pledged!

pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ on September 10, 2011 at 1:33 AM said...

I tweeted the pledge

pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:08 PM said...

Hydration is a big deal. And also teaching kids, or making sure they are taught, the proper techniques for the sport they are playing. I was watching on the news that there is someone trying to ban contact sports for kids under 14 because of concussions. A big part of his argument was kids not being taught properly.


lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:14 PM said...

I took the pledge and shared it on FB as well.



lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:15 PM said...

The link above to comment on your soccer mom post took me to a happy meal post so I commented on the below post. It was the most recent soccer post. I'm sorry if it was the wrong one.



lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:15 PM said...

GFC follower.



lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:16 PM said...

Posted on your FB wall.



lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:16 PM said...

Twitter follower and tweeted.



lewalk on September 16, 2011 at 9:17 PM said...

Tweeted the other.



bonggamom on October 9, 2011 at 8:03 PM said...

Congratulations to the winner: #2, Heather!

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