After enduring these intense medical efforts, I pressed on to play youth club soccer and ultimately played High School Varsity Soccer for four years. As a Senior I received the recognition of All Conference Honors. I went on to attend college at UNC Charlotte, where I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
During my adult life my passion for soccer never faded and I pursued being a soccer referee. What started as a hobby is now an officiating career that I am extremely proud of. I am a prominent National Collegiate Referee in the Carolina’s soccer community and officiate games for Middle School, Youth Club, High School, College, and recently games at the lower Professional Levels. Who knew that through my involvement in the soccer referee community that I would find a Referee Administrator that knew the Coach of the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team. My passion for soccer officiating ultimately presented me with the incredible opportunity to try out for the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team in March of 2016.
After attending numerous camps and competing for Team USA in the 2016 International Federation of Cerebral Palsy (IFCP) Pre-Paralympic Tournament in Salou, Spain I was selected as a potential team member in late May. I cannot express the overwhelming feelings of pride and excitement that I felt upon realizing that I would have an opportunity to represent my country as a Paralympic Athlete.
However, at the same time my wife & I have had to come to terms with what a commitment to this team would necessitate. Due to the travel requirements for Team USA, I have not been able to meet the full time responsibilities of my job at a local Civil Engineering Firm and I was asked to resign from my engineering position. I was faced with an ultimatum of continuing to work as an engineer to support my family or quit my job to pursue my dreams of representing the United States as a Paralympic Athlete. With the support of my wife & family, I ultimately chose to resign from my position with a local engineering firm and to fully dedicate my time and efforts to being a Paralympic Athlete for Team USA. I do not want to be an old man looking back and saying, “Why did I not pursue this?”
With the generous support of people like you, I would be able to represent my country in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio this September. Your sponsorship would help make a difference in my life by not only meeting the essential daily needs of finances but enable me to focus on my Paralympic training.
For more information on the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team, I invite you to visit our website at:
You can also find information there on our upcoming events for this year and preparation efforts for the 2016 Paralympics. The U.S. Soccer organization covers all expenses for athletes while playing and training, but they do not support the common bills of life. With this in mind I have made a commitment to this team, my country, my state, and my community.
Please know that any support you could provide would be truly appreciated and I want to thank you for your time and consideration of a sponsorship.
U.S. Paralympic National Team