Thierry Henry to donate $5k every time he scores for New York Red Bulls | inside World Soccer

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has pledged to donate $5000 to charity for every goal he scores for the New York Red Bulls for the rest of the MLS season.

New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry is raising money for Grassroot Soccer charity
New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry is raising money for Grassroot Soccer charity

Photo: Grassroot Soccer

In partnership with Goldman Sachs Gives, the 35-year-old will give his donations to international nonprofit organisation Grassroot Soccer, a charity that combats the spread of AIDS in developing nations through the power of football.

Through "The Thierry Henry Challenge", Goldman Sachs Gives will contribute $5,000 to Grassroot Soccer each time Henry scores a goal, and $2,500 each time he makes an assist during the 2013 MLS season.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs have been careful not to go too overboard, in case Henry decides to score 30 goals in the next two months, and have put a cap of $150,000 on the agreement.

"Grassroot Soccer is all about using role models and the power of soccer to motivate and educate young people on how to live healthy lives," said Gregg Lemkau, Goldman Sachs Managing Director and GRS Global Board member in a statement.

"Thierry Henry is not only a soccer star but a great role model for young people around the world. Goldman Sachs Gives and GRS are excited to turn his skills on the field into tangible life skills for young people."

Henry will be looking to send Grassroot Soccer their first $5,000 this Saturday when the Red Bulls take on strugglers the Columbus Crew.

Last season, Henry scored 15 goals for the Red Bulls, and he has already found the back of the net six times in 13 appearances this season.

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