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    Seattle man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil killed by car on Oregon Coast







    In this May 7, 2013, photo, Richard Swanson, of Seattle, walks along a road in Kelso, Wash. Swanson, who was trying to dribble a soccer ball to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast. Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a local hospital. The driver has not been charged.


    Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a hospital. The driver has not been charged.

    Lt. Jerry Palmer said investigators found materials among Swanson's belongings listing his website, breakawaybrazil.com.

    Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable blue soccer balls to people in developing countries.

    "We are deeply saddened to learn about Richard's death," Lisa Tarver, chief operating officer of One World Futbol Project, said in a statement. "He was a very inspiring man who in a very short time walked his way into many lives. Our thoughts are with his family."

    Police said Palmer's soccer ball was recovered.

    Kristi Schwesinger, a Seattle interior designer and close friend of Swanson's, said he had been a private investigator for many years, and switched to a new career as a graphic designer, but was laid off recently, and looking for an adventure.

    "He was at a point in his life where he had raised his kids," she said. "Both his boys (Devin and Raven) had graduated from high school. He had no mortgage. He had sold his condo recently and was between jobs.

    "And he loved the game of soccer," she said. "He stumbled on this great organization, One World Futbol, and decided this would be his passion the next year."

    In an interview with The Daily News in Longview, Wash., Swanson said he picked up soccer just five years ago and played on club teams and rooted for the Seattle Sounders.

    "I felt destined that I should go on this trip," he said.

    His website said he left Seattle on May 1, and the trip would take him on foot for more than a year through 11 countries before reaching Sao Paolo, Brazil, where the World Cup soccer tournament will be played.

    "It will be a trip of a lifetime where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible," he wrote.

    Swanson started out in flip-flops, and managed to spend 13 nights but switched to hiking sandals in Portland, Ore., Schwesinger said. He stayed two nights in Vancouver, Wash., with his son, Devin, but otherwise had been able to sleep on on the couches of one stranger after another who befriended him and helped him on his journey.

    "It was all by word of mouth, Facebook, media contacts, friends and family who put the word out," Schwesinger said.

    Swanson spent Monday night in Lincoln City, where he was able to soak in a hot tub, and eat a gourmet breakfast, before he set off for Newport, not knowing where he would stay, she added. He posted photos and stories about his new friends on a Facebook page chronicling his journey.

    Friends are talking about creating a foundation in Swanson's memory, and sending his two sons to Brazil for the World Cup, Schwesinger said.

    "The hardest thing is he was so young," Schwesinger said. "Just today we were planning his surprise birthday party for Sunday. He was so young, so full of life, so excited by the journey he was on. To be taken from us so soon is really heartbreaking."
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    soccer.

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    Dribbling a soccer ball from Oregon to Brazil in sandals? Definitely a Hampurite.

    Come to think of it, don't we have a "Swanson" here?

    At least they got his ball back. We can take solace in that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2® View Post
    soccer.
    Especially as his goal (no pun) was to reach Brasil (sic), shouldn't he have referred to it as futbol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy® View Post
    Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable blue balls to people in developing countries.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    Especially as his goooooooooooooooooal (no pun) was to reach Brasil (sic), shouldn't he have referred to it as futbol?
    Fixed

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    Quote Originally Posted by EM31 View Post
    Fixed

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    What a mook

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    Especially as his goal (no pun) was to reach Brasil (sic), shouldn't he have referred to it as futbol?
    The professor of the hamper strikes again.

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    I saw the replay...looked like the truck missed him by 10 feet.

    Red card for diving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtstar View Post
    lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtstar View Post
    Southside has his GoPro at the ready, just in case........

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    sad thing was, his family and friends were planning on giving him a plane ticket to Brazil for his birthday....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peebag View Post
    sad thing was, his family and friends were planning on giving him a plane ticket to Brazil for his birthday....
    Huh... I get the feeling if he actually wanted a plane ticket he would've gotten one.
    I wonder why they would do that? He obviously wanted to walk there.

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    there's dirtstar and then there's you people

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    Learn.
    Yes, Yoda.

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    I think I am going to start walking to the Super bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackhuntr View Post
    I think I am going to start walking to the Super bowl.
    Better watch your azz with that Atlanta traffic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman Harris View Post
    Better watch your azz with that Atlanta traffic!
    Thanks, anything less than 4 wheels is a automatic death sentence. It's not a matter of IF you wreck, it's WHEN you wreck.

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