BENEFITING: SOCCER WITHOUT BORDERS
ORGANIZER: SOCCER WITHOUT BORDERS
Hey everyone! I'm running the NYC Marathon this November. I'm shooting to raise $3000 for Soccer Without Borders! Soccer Without Borders aims to build a more inclusive world through soccer. The mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth and helping them to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. I'm really excited to support this cause and I am very humbly asking for your help.
Soccer has taught me about friendship, respect for others, given me exposure to different communities, and provided me the opportunity to feel successful. Soccer Without Borders is working to impart these opportunities to those who otherwise might not have access to these things due to economic status, social status, gender, ethnicity, country of origin, or religion. Throughout the years many people have impacted my love for the game and have went above and beyond for me and my family.
First, I want to thank my parents. With 4 kids on different teams, it felt like they never missed a game. I cannot even tell you how many soccer games my mom has seen and driven us all to. Thank you for always being my number one fan.
Second, I want to thank Sandra and Diego De Leon. They were my second parents during my youth and always took extra good care of me. Diego's love of the game was infectious and I would never have had this great passion for the sport without him. We won a lot of games, saw a few red cards, watched a lot of X-files, and Diego even gave me the Heimlich one time. Miss you guys! Lito should never have started playing football, but I won't go there. A special thanks to your entire family for making me feel like a part of your family. I am forever grateful for everything you've done for me.
Third, I want to thank Bobby Calderon. Bobby, as so many of you know, has been the focal point of our area's soccer community for so long. I remember the good old days when Bobby would set up pick-up games on the patch out in front of his house. Bobby always opened his house to me and my family and invested so much into us. Bobby inspired me with his crazy skills and I always tried to dribble like him. He also brought in great Tico players who I was able to learn from and befriend over the years. A special thanks to Bobby's entire family. Much love!
I hope to help others have the resources needed to access the game in the same way that I did. And to benefit from all the positive effects that the game can have on a young kid. For that reason, I hope that we can raise some money for the many kids that will need soccer but are not as fortunate as I was.
This 26.2 mile race seems pretty daunting to be honest. As many of you know, running was never my strength. But any donations or support will be deeply appreciated. Thank you!!