For a child who lives to play soccer, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.
Since he was 7 years old, Stanley P. has dreamed of playing professional soccer for FC Barcelona in Spain. The sport has been a huge driving force for Stan, who is now a 6th grader at the Academy for Global Citizenship.
Along with his brothers, Giovanni,13 and Isaiah, 6, Stanley is very active leagues around the Chicagoland area. Mom Sandra, who works at AGC as an Instructional Interventionist, devotes nights and weekends to the boys’ active soccer schedule. Sandra says the soccer was infectious in her family: Stanley started playing after watching Gio, and Isaiah got hooked in Kindergarten. Far from a distraction, Sandra says soccer has inspired her sons to focus and work harder, on and off the field. When Stanley struggled in school, he was motivated to improve by his desire to play soccer in college.
At age 11, Stanley has been selected to attend the FCBEscola Tournament in Barcelona, Spain this spring. As one of the top two players from the Illinois FCB Program, Stanley was honored with the opportunity to travel and compete with players from Dubai, Japan, South Korea, Egypt, Poland, India, and more. Participating in FCBEscola Tournament will give Stanley a window into the world of professional soccer, the opportunity to train with the best young soccer players around the globe, and a chance to represent his country and community at an international competition. “Travel is great for young global citizens” says AGC founding teacher Meredith McNamara “this will help Stanley develop a broader understanding of and perspective on the world.”
However, for Stanley and a chaperone to travel from the Southwest side of Chicago to Barcelona to participate of this one-week long tournament will cost $5,850. Says Sandra “as a single mom with three children, this is not something we can afford right now.” With help from her colleagues at AGC, Sandra has launched a crowd-funding page to help raise funds to take Stanley to Barcelona. To contribute, click here.
Stanley says: “My dream is to play in Barcelona. I have worked really hard and will love the opportunity to play in Barcelona. It will be a great experience and I appreciate all the support.”