Low-income soccer team needs help getting to regionals

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by Jaime Cerreta

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 1:06 PM

PHOENIX -- What would happen if someone believed in you? If they put their time and money behind you? What could you accomplish?  

Some at-risk, low-income kids in Phoenix are proving they can win big.

The Excel Soccer Academy boys team practices two hours a night, three days a week at Osborn Middle School.

"I like it," Luis Uribe said. "I enjoy it a lot. It helps me in my free time stay off the streets. It's fun."

He's one of The 2000's -- a team made up of a group of 13- and 14-year-olds. Many of them have been playing together since they were 8 and 9.

"This is a group of maybe financially disadvantaged kids," Coach Corbett Hess said.

He wanted to provide a top-rate program with the best training available for a group of kids who wouldn't necessarily be able to afford that type of program. The kids flourished, not only with their feet, but also with their studies and character.

"They teach us about life and grades and they care about grades," Adrian Quintero said.

The 2000's recently took home the Arizona Presidents Cup. The big win, bringing with it, a big financial burden.

"We're in a situation now that's unique because we won this tournament and we have to have this money to go to Northern California for a week, which is hotel rooms, food," Hess said.

So they are going to do some fancy footwork to raise $15,000 to pay for their trip to the regional title. If you would like to help, go to www.gofundme.com/82YPQG.

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