Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham, in partnership with the BMW Saves for Schools initiative, donated $10,500 to Bracher Elementary School on Tuesday. The pledge was made possible after BMW promised to donate $100 for each save he made during the 2015 season.
"I am delighted to hand over the check and would also like to thank BMW for their generosity," Bingham said during a small ceremony, where he handed the donation to school principal Wayne Leach. "I hope the money can make a difference and I will be doing everything I can to make it even more this season -- although I don't want to have too many saves to make!"
The 26-year-old recorded 12 clean sheets during the 2015 season — tying a club record — and has already stormed out of the gate during this year's campaign, recording a shutout against Colorado during the season opener. Additionally, Bingham received his first call-up to the U.S. Men's National Team in January.
Bracher Elementary School represents the embraced diversity both Major League Soccer and the Quakes wish to bring to the forefront — 60 percent of the school's student body are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, and 43 percent of its students speak English as a second language. There were around 350 students present for Bingham's assembly and presentation.
"On behalf of Bracher, I just want to say thank you so much to the Earthquakes and BMW," principal Leach said. "This money will go so far. It will provide opportunities for field trips and a chance for kids to experience new things. This is awesome."