Construction workers. Bricklayers. Roofers. Cement Finishers.
As the largest Title-I school in Texas where the average income for a family of three is $29,500 these are the most common summer jobs that my student-athletes have to do in order to pay for basic necessities.
We are a successful soccer program that many times has to struggle to raise funds from a community that most of the time is not able to support financially. It is difficult to pay for equipment when many of our kids and their families are still recovering from hurricane Harvey as well.
Every year we have soccer kids that are consistently in the Top 5% of their class and involved in organizations such as National Honor Society, Interact Club, and Student Council. I coach hard-working young men that are not only great athletes, but also dedicated students. My hope is that they have equal opportunities to be successful. The additional equipment would prove to them that their hard work both on and off the field does pay off.
More soccer balls means more repetitions for each player. We have 65 athletes in our soccer program and it is difficult to provide enough soccer balls for even half of our players. This makes running a successful program very difficult because not every kid gets as many repetitions as needed during our practices. These would be put to great use as they are essential to improving our program.
We have a soccer program that is consistently competing with many of the best programs in Texas, all while having a limited athletic budget and limited financial support from our blue-collar community.
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