Photo: TRAGEDY: Man Dribbling Soccer Ball from Washington to Brazil Killed by Truck
A Seattle man attempting to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil was tragically killed this week.
Richard Swanson, 42, left his home in Seattle, Washington’s Emerald City area on May 1st and began dribbling a One World Futbol soccer ball to Sao Paulo, Brazil where the first game of the 2014 World Cup will be played.
Sadly, Tuesday morning, Swanson was hit by a pick-up truck on US Highway 101 just outside Lincoln City, Oregon.
After the accident, authorities found materials related to his website (BreakawayBrazil.com) and used them to identify him. His soccer ball was also recovered.
Swanson’s trip was to promote the One World Futbol Project based in Berkeley, Calif., a project which aims to donate durable blue soccer balls to those in developing countries.
“I felt destined that I should go on this trip,” Swanson once said in an interview.
Swanson’s trip would have taken him through 11 countries once leaving the U.S. (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil).
Friends, family, and supporters are now trying to raise money to send Swanson’s sons to Brazil for the World Cup.