By John Nabers
At the beginning of this session, AM launched a soccer class in Brasilito on Monday afternoons. The goal of the program was to–number one–have fun with the kids and–number two–get them working together in a team environment. After a few weeks the word started to spread and we had a core group of 10-13-year-olds showing up every Monday to play.
Two weeks ago we were able to schedule our first game with Huacas, a pueblo about a ten minute drive from Brasilito. The kids were excited to have a real game set up and to get a chance to play against another town. We traveled over to Huacas first-class in a 15-passenger bus and showed up ready for the game.
Things got underway and we hung tough for the first half, but Huacas pulled away at the end to win. Overall it was a great experience, and the kids loved every second of the game and riding on the bus. On the way home I was serenaded by the whole team singing an old soccer anthem: Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole, Perdimos! Perdimos!
Next year we have plans to get an official team together with uniforms and a schedule of games. We will definitely keep the blog updated with our progress. Until then, hasta luego!
Huge shout out to Cesar and everyone at CEPIA for setting up the bus and providing water and post-game galletas for the team!