Monday, June 25, 2012

night to remember

2 of the rhinos watching the game
i got an email from my buddy jon jackson: "hey bro, did you know that while our youth team is in guatemala, the US national team is playing against the guatemala national team in a world cup qualifier?"

that started it all...

about a month later, after some serious fundraising efforts on their part, we had chartered a school bus and were on our way - 48 people deep - to the national stadium in guatemala city to watch one of the biggest games to come to town in quite some time.

30 boys from poverty, rarely removed from their all-too-well-known lifestyle of dirt floors and not-enough-to eat...  got the opportunity of a lifetime to watch their national team play against the United States.

the phrase "kid in a candy store" doesn't even come close to doing it justice. all of these boys, who love soccer more than they probably should, sat and watched some of the best players in world for 90 minutes. they knew all of their names, and up until this had maybe only seen them play on tv.

to make it even more special, their team came back from behind to finish with a tie (1-1) with only a few minutes remaining.  it was an incredible experience, a ton of fun, and surely a moment in time that they will never forget for the rest of their lives.


Jacki said...

I love it!! Wish I could have seen their faces :)

Anonymous said...

wow!! a great experience for ANYONE!
they will remember that day for the rest of their lives. Neat you were able to provide that opportunity.

Anonymous said...

how phenomenal. Really cool that kickin' it for the king made that happen!