Born and raised in Brazil I came to the US at 16 years of age, alone, to play soccer and study.
Soccer was my ticket into the United States as I was able to use it as the means to get to the overall goal of staying in the United States long-term.
Although I was fortunate enough to reach my goal through a sport not many in the world have this opportunity. Growing up in Brazil I participated in a number of efforts to bring soccer to communities in need as way of creating good habits such as good discpline, teamwortk, commitment and better health. Effectively these campaigns help by diminishing the time children would be exposed to drugs, crimes and other potentially prejudicial activities.
Grassroot Soccer spoke to me directly as their main goal is highly correlated to mine:
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an adolescent health organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to lead healthier lives and be agents of change in their communities. Since 2002, GRS has reached over 1.9 million young people with critical health information & life skills programs.
Knowing that I can participate in the NY City Marathon and at the same time raise awareness and resourcess to Grassroot Soccer was decisive and, therefore, I've created this page in order to fundraise towards a $3,000 goal. I hope many will feel the same way and help me surpass this goal.
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