In his first season as a professional with the Vancouver Whitecaps, 22-year old Notre Dame product Jeb Brovsky made 24 appearances, establishing himself in MLS. Perhaps thanks in part to that success, the young midfielder is now headed to his second MLS team after the Montreal Impact scooped him up in this year’s expansion draft, thereby making him on of the lucky few that get to play for first-year teams two seasons in a row (add sarcasm if you wish). More impressively though, Brovsky is already an accomplished humanitarian with his own foundation, Peace Pandemic, promoting a mission of peace through soccer all over the world.
Brovsky hardly has time to go apartment shopping in Montreal, considering that, he’ll be on his way to India to conduct soccer camps for underprivileged kids in the one of the world’s largest countries in December (the article says 2012; Jeb himself corrected that info for us).
I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t doing anything remotely similar at 22, unless you count spending my paychecks in bars and striking out on a consistent basis doing some kind of social good. Which you probably don’t, because it’s definitely not.
Anyway, here’s Peace Pandemic’s pledge, which you can find on the organization’s website.
“We are one humanity, with one love, beneath one sky. It doesn’t matter where you are from, what religion you believe in, what color skin you have, what political views you hold. We are all human and will share that common link forever. We can change this world for the better if we become aware of the things that are important to us as one human race. We belong to a world in which people are afflicted by hunger, poverty, violence, hatred and many more atrocities that we can remedy. The time is now. What are you waiting for? Peace Pandemic is empowering humanity into action.”
Brovsky was a candidate for the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year award in 2011, but lost out to the New England Revolution’s Zak Boggs, who has a biomedical degree from the University of South Florida and donated his time to helping in the cancer research laboratory at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Boggs is 24.
These guys are just two of the insanely committed MLS players who give their time to charities and worthwhile causes all over the US and Canada. It’s enough to make you want to drop what you’re doing and go help make a difference right this second. Maybe not in India, and you’re probably not qualified to work in a cancer research lab, but there’s undoubtedly a good cause out there ready and willing to accept your time (or money if you have no time, like us blog grunts).