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Send Sekou to train at FC Barcelona

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Early on we knew that our son, Sekou Mathews, had a natural athletic ability beyond his years.  As a toddler Sekou sat in the bleachers watching (studying) his older brother religiously at practices and games, so once he was old enough to sign up and play in (any) sports, he undoubtedly excelled and dominated.  His heart and passion surpass his physical stature.  His speed and agility are his strengths.  His talent is undeniable.  At the age of 10, he surprised us when he made the decision to quit football, basketball & track to focus all of his time, energy, and his heart into soccer.  He is now 12 and his commitment to the sport is most evident into the soccer player he is evolving into, and we are so proud of him.  His ultimate goal is to become a pro soccer player one day and as hungry as he is, we believe he will get there.

In July, Sekou attended 1 of the 33 FC Barcelona official soccer camps offered in the US where FCB Coaches trained and evaluated 5000+ players.  Recently, we were notified by FCB that SEKOU WAS SELECTED TO TRAIN IN BARCELONA, SPAIN in November!!!  This is an invite-only program where he will participate in an advanced, intensive training program offered to very few players around the world.  He will train at same fields used by Messi, compete in friendly-games vs. Spanish soccer academies, attend FC Barcelona home games, and bond with other players from all over the country who also share the same love of soccer. 

If you are financially able, please consider donating towards this experience of a lifetime for Sekou!   Money raised would go to the cost of the program (accommodations & meals included) and airfare.  ANY amount, no matter how small, will help achieve our goal and is GREATLY APPRECIATED.  Thank you for supporting and believing in our Sekou!!!  He’s so talented, smart, and just an all-around good kid.  He truly deserves this.

 
With love and appreciation,
Liza & Trevino
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Barcelona was quite the experience! Sekou grew as a player (and as a person) because of this experience and we can't thank you all enough for your help in sending Sekou there. I documented the trip and can't wait to share once I sort through the HUNDREDS of photos and videos I took. In the meantime, you can check out the short videos I posted during the trip on my instagram story highlights @lizalphoto and on Sekou's @sekoumathews.

Thank you again and again!

L
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After over 24hrs of travel, we have safely arrived in Barcelona! Sekou is excited to meet all of the other players tomorrow and start the program! I'll let you all know how everything goes!

Liza
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It is with tears in my eyes that I sit here at the computer expressing our family’s gratitude for all the kind words & generous donations towards Sekou’s FC Barcelona opportunity. Sekou reached his GoFundMe goal and WE ARE OFFICIALLY HEADED TO BARCELONA IN LESS THAN A COUPLE OF WEEKS!!! Thank you for your support!!!

As parents, Trevino & I nurture our kids' talents & we do everything we can to help them find the path that leads to opportunity. We are their biggest supporters and our belief in them is immeasurable.

What is truly touching is when others see that special something in our kids. When other people believe in them as well, it’s a feeling like no other. Thank you for that.

I plan to document Sekou’s journey in Barcelona and will be sure to share updates here!

Check out Sekou in last week's MVLA Bay Area Fall Cup & ESPN Cup Tournament! The entire team played so well that they ended up bring home 1st place!
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The awesome folks at The Salinas Californian came out and interviewed Sekou last week! Go to the link below to check out the article that printed in yesterday's newspaper along with the video interview on their website!

https://www.thecalifornian.com/story/sports/2018/10/17/meet-seaside-soccer-futbol-kid-prodigy-train-fc-barcelona/1659539002/
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