july 13, 2012 • 06:15 PM

Real Madrid's Iker Casillas making more saves in Houston

Spanish national team goalie Iker Casillas helps make a save in Houston.
Foto: Getty Images

Real Madrid and National Spanish team goalkeeper Iker Casillas is known for saving his team by stretching across the goal and parrying out goal-bound shots. But Casillas flew into Houston, Texas, on Friday to provide another kind of helping hand as part of a promotional trip to announce a partnership between the Realmadrid Foundation, sponsor-BBVA Compass and two Houston-area schools.

The program was designed to nurture sports, including soccer, in economically-challenged areas that might otherwise not have options for children. The mission of the program is to give young people a chance to experience sports which teach the values of teamwork, fair play and hard work.

Fresh off a heroic performance in the 2012 Euros and helping the Spanish national team win the tournament, Casillas traveled to the United States to support the club and its community involvement endeavors He’s also scheduled to visit Venezuela to promote a similar program after his Texas-sized adventure.

Casillas will also be in the U.S. later this summer when he joins his Real Madrid teammates in several friendly matches against Los Angeles Galaxy, Santos Laguna, AC Milan, the Philadelphia Union and Celtic.