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Washington Freedom Alumni Vs. Montgomery County Police Benefit Match Announced

July 19, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

BOYDS, MD (July 19, 2010)...Washington Freedom Alumni and members of the Montgomery County Police Department will play in a special six-on-six benefit soccer match Friday July 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex (field 12) for the Sharon and Margaux Brown Memorial Fund, a charity to honor Sharon Brown and her one-year-old daughter Margaux. Sharon and baby Margaux were killed in a safari accident when a mother elephant protecting her calf charged them without warning this past January in Kenya.

Current Washington Freedom players Abby Wambach and Cat Whitehill, FC Gold Pride star Marta, and Freedom Alum and former U.S. National star Mia Hamm, who will be on hand to watch Washington Freedom Alumni players such as Amanda Cromwell, Sarah-Kate Noftsinger, Carrie O'Keeffe, Casey Zimney, Jaquie Rimando, Skylar Meinjardt and Amy Gray, as they take on a co-ed team from the Montgomery Country Police Department. Bryan Roslund, County Prosecutor with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office has volunteered to serve as the honorary referee for the game. Jeff Brown, surviving husband of Sharon and father of Margaux, will also be in attendance at the event.

Presented by Freedom, the Montgomery Country Police Department and Athlete's For Hope, the charity match will promote positive change to tourism lodge practices in Kenya. Donations will be collected and used to build a new environmental education center consisting of greenhouses, a nursery, and teaching space on the ISK campus where Sharon served as a librarian. She and her husband Jeff, close friends with Washington Freedom President and General Manager Mark Washo, and with members of the Montgomery Country Police Department, lived in Kenya as faculty members at the International School of Kenya (ISK).

"The loss of Sharon and Margaux in the horrific accident has been extremely difficult for me personally and such a tragedy for my friend Jeff," said Mark Washo, Washington Freedom President and General Manager. "I am glad the Washington Freedom is able to do something positive in their honor, and donations raised will go directly to the International School of Kenya, something Sharon was extremely passionate about."

"Our department is honored to participate in this event. Several of our officers have known Jeff Brown for years and were deeply saddened by his horrible loss," said Montgomery County Police team coordinator Sergeant Rob Grims. "We are really looking forward to participating in an event to remember Sharon and Margaux. Sharon Brown's efforts to promote environmental awareness will not be forgotten, and we very much appreciate the Washington Freedom organization making this fundraising opportunity available to support her cause."

The benefit will take place on the eve of WPS league match between Washington Freedom and FC Gold Pride, Saturday July 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the SoccerPlex, which will feature the two best female soccer players in the world today on one pitch-U.S. National star Abby Wambach of Freedom, and Brazilian sensation Marta of FC Gold Pride. Mia Hamm and fellow Freedom Alumni will be at Saturday's match to honor a 2010 inductee for the Hall of Freedom as well, with the official Hall of Freedom presentation to take place at halftime.

Attendees at the charity game will be able to purchase Freedom game tickets (for the Saturday night game), food and beverages, and participate in special on-site drawings to win team giveaways and prizes, with a portion of all proceeds going to the Sharon and Margaux Brown Memorial Fund.

For more information on the Sharon and Margaux Brown Memorial Fund please visit .

For details on the July 23 benefit game at 4:30 p.m. or the July 24 game between Washington Freedom and FC Gold Pride at 7:00 p.m., both to be held at the Maryland SoccerPlex, visit .

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