On Thursday, October 4th 2018, QAI proudly sponsored the One Night One Goal fundraiser for DC SCORES– the official youth soccer club of D.C. United. The event took place at Audi Field, the new home of Major League Soccer team D.C. United.
Event attendees were joined by special guests, including D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney and his teammates, head coach Ben Olsen, Maryland Congressman John Delaney, and executives from the Audi Group.
The fundraiser featured tours of the new stadium, specialty cocktails and cuisine from Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroupand a live auction, including a broadcast with Dave Johnson, a new Audi R8 and tickets and roundtrip airfare to see Chelsea vs. Manchester United. The event raised $320,000 for DC SCORES, which will help in supporting enormous sports activities and programs throughout the year.
Sports play a large role in Qatari culture. In 2004, Qatar established a renown Sports Academy called Aspire Academy, which is mandated to provide sports training and education to students with sporting potential not only locally from Qatar, but also from all over the world. Then, in 2006, Qatar hosted the Asian Games, the second largest multi-sporting event in the world after the Olympics. In 2010, Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first Arab and Middle Eastern country to host the popular tournament.
Qatar has also instituted its annual National Sport Day. Since 2012, the second Tuesday of February each year is a national holiday dedicated to celebrate the country’s mission in encouraging its people to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. From the Emir of Qatar, H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, joining youth groups to play soccer, to women empowered by H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Misnad cycling in public spaces, or citizens, expats, and migrant workers competing in marathons and free all-day sports events and classes, Qatar’s goal to build a culture of athleticism and sports is integrated in its national vision, Qatar National Vision 2030.