AVID Soccer News Calle RepublicAVID Soccer and Calle Republic are proud to congratulate Jason from Tennessee as the winner of the AVID Player story.  Jason persisted in his soccer passion in small town America where there was not a lot of support or teammates.  Read Jason’s article below:

My name is Jason.  I am 21 years old, and I am from Cookeville, TN.  Soccer has been my absolute passion for my entire life.  I cannot get enough of it.  I strongly doubt I have gone more than one day without touching a ball in the last 10 years of my life.  I have had many crazy and interesting experiences throughout my soccer career.  These have made me both a better player and a better person. Soccer is more than just a passion for me. Soccer is my life, and I don’t know how I could live any other way.

My entire life I have had to deal with a problem that most soccer players around the world don’t have to.  I am from a small town in the USA and almost nobody plays [here].  I don’t know how many times I have been at the park and seen tons of people playing and doing activities, but I am the only one there with a soccer ball.  It is really kind of depressing at times, but I have fought through it.  I constantly practice my skills by juggling and other individual drills.  I quickly became interested in freestyle which has opened up many opportunities for me.  I have been a competitor in the Red Bull Street Style National Finals for the last two years.  I was a part of the Burger King Futbol Kingdom team as well.  These have been fabulous experiences.

The other thing that I have done to find ways to play the sport I love is to play with the different immigrants that are in the area.  I have played with people from all around the world here in Tennessee. For the most part, American soccer players [in Tennessee] consist of immigrants and their children.  I am the exception being a normal [small town] American.  I have played in numerous Hispanic mens leagues being the only white person on the field.  These experiences have brought good and bad.  I was constantly taunted as “gringo” and other negative names for whites, but I also was able to make many friends.  This helped me to learn conversational Spanish, and it was one of the main reasons I decided to study Spanish in College.  I have also played with groups of Africans and various Europeans. The cultural differences do not matter when we are on the field.  We are all united under the one passion for the game.  It definitely helped me realize that all people are basically the same no matter what ethnic group or where they are from.  It doesn’t get any cooler to know that our backgrounds mean nothing when we are on the field together.

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Futebol e minha vida.  This is a term I was taught by Brazilians that means soccer is my life.  It’s something I’ll live by forever.  Soccer is just absolutely the most unifying force that exist in the world, and it is a passion that exists for millions in every country.

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The Coach is a long-time soccer player, coach and fan. He started playing in the dark ages (1970's) and will continue as long as his body will let him. He has coached players from u-7 to adult and players learning the game to players trying to make their national team. He is a dedicated fan of the Oranje.

One Response to “AVID Soccer Write-in Contest Winner: Player”

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