A man attempting to dribble a ball from Seattle to Sao Paulo, Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup was hit by a car and killed in Lincoln City, Oregon just 14 days into his journey. Richard Swanson, a 42-year-old Seattle Sounders fan, began his trip on May 1 and planned visit 11 countries during his year-long adventure. He maintained a website dedicated to the experience at breakawaybrazil.com. Sadly, he didn't make it very far.
From The News Guard:
According to police, Swanson was walking south along the south bound shoulder of Highway 101 near the south city limits of Lincoln City. Swanson was struck from behind by a 1995 Nissan pickup operated by Scott Van Hiatt, 52, of Neskowin. Mr. Hiatt remained at the scene and has been cooperating with the investigation.
Medics from Pacific West Ambulance transported Swanson to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, where Swanson was declared deceased.
According to The Oregonian, the blue ball pictured right was found with him.
In a video introduction on his website, Swanson said he was a father of two adult sons and lost his job as a graphic designer last year. Unable to find work, he decided to carry out his dream of going to the World Cup, but since he had no income, he decided to walk. "Screw what happens, I don't even care," Swanson said of the plan. "As crazy as the idea sounds, that idea spurred on to the next leg of 'Well, since I'm going to the World Cup, I should honor it by dribbling a soccer ball.' Which even makes the trip even more crazy."
Swanson initially dismissed the idea as "lunacy," but later decided that "It felt natural. It felt like I was doing what I should be doing. That this was the next leg of my life." He sold his house and felt he was in a unique position free of responsibilities to make the trip. He was looking for sponsors, donations and places to stay along his route.
Here's the video:
Swanson was hoping to support the One World Futbol project, which made the indestructible ball he was using along the way. For every ball purchased through One World, another is donated to "disadvantaged communities around the world." If you'd like to help the cause, you can purchase a ball here.
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