Timothy Project CR 2014: Amateurs Looking to Go Pro
Harry Rugama is a first division player at the end of his career and along with his good friend and high-level amateur Silvestre Yaslin, they have formed a high competitive recreational team that can help aspiring players to keep in shape and continually developing their skills to create opportunities for young adults to get picked up by first and second-division teams.
Their team is highly disciplined and devoted to practice. They were overjoyed when they were contacted by CrossTraining to inform them that they would be the recipients of a combination of brand new and used Rapids gear.
When these players met with Associate Chaplain Hugo Venegas they passionately expressed their appreciation as well as shared a vision that they have to help young boys of the community of Limon to stay off the streets and away from drugs by creating a soccer school in the community.
Chaplain Venegas explained more of the connection and vision,
Hugama’s father played with my brother with Barcelona (Limon, Costa Rica). He is thinking about starting a soccer academy in Limon because there is nothing organized. He has a vision to see soccer be an economic opportunity for the poor in Limon. Often times children have few opportunities – there are few jobs with the unions and drug lords are employing young people in dealing drugs.
Rugama continues to stay in dialogue with Chaplain Venegas and will meet in July to conduct a feasibility study to see if a partnership could emerge to help develop a youth soccer program in the community of Limon where historically, the highest percentage of professional soccer player in Costa Rica have grown up, but severe economic issues and social challenges with crime and drugs are hindering young people from becoming professional players.
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