CICERO, Ill. — With the U.S. Women’s soccer aggregation acceptable addition World Cup this year, girls are added aggressive than anytime to booty up soccer at a adolescent age. A soccer club in Cicero has had all-embracing success, while teaching their players to advance on the acreage and in school.
The Cicero Jaguars were founded 10 years ago by drillmaster Jose Montenegro Marmolejo. Marmolejo chose to advice advance adolescent women in allotment to account the activity of his mother, and added recently, the activity of his sister.
“Two years ago my sister anesthetized away from cancer,” he said. “It motivated me alike added to advice these girls.”
The Jaguars started as a aggregation of alone four girls. And over the accomplished decade, added than 400 accept played for the club, best in inferior aerial and aerial school. The club has four teams based on age and accommodate dozens of adolescent women alive together, allowance anniversary added excel at the bold they love.
Dayana Rosendo is the captain of her team. She’s 13 and has been with the Jaguars for a year. But has been arena soccer back the age of 6.
“What I like about this aggregation is that anybody actuality gets along,” she said. “The drillmaster is absolutely nice. Jasmin. I like how she trains us. She’s had a lot of acquaintance too. She went to UIC for soccer I think.”
In fact, drillmaster Jasmin Carrera got a abounding scholarship to UIC to comedy soccer. She got her amount in bent justice, is currently a badge administrator and played for the Chicago Red Stars assets team. She is a accurate afflatus for the adolescent women she coaches.
“We try to advise them discipline, time management,” she said. “I consistently acquaint them academy is first. They accept to be able to balance.”
Carrera grew up in Little Village. Her ancestor is additionally one of the team’s coaches. She says abounding of the players appear from underserved communities breadth abomination is a big problem.
Jocelyn Rivera is a aerial academy inferior who hopes to comedy soccer at Northwestern afterwards graduation.
“Soccer has helped me a lot,” she said. “I alive in a bad adjacency (and it) helped me focus on academy and a way to abate my accent afterwards a continued day of school.”
The aggregation not alone plays in the Chicago area, they’ve catholic away to tournaments in Mexico. One in was in Veracruz aftermost year and addition was in Guadalajara this accomplished summer. The aggregation won both of those tournaments and will arch to Spain abutting year for addition competition. And while soccer is the team’s focus, coaches accent that time administration and academics are best important.
Soccer costs like uniforms, accessory and biking add up. If you’d like to sponsor the club, you can appointment their website at https://www.cicerojaguarsfc.futbol.
You can additionally acquisition the aggregation on Facebook, Instagram at /cicerojaguars and Twitter @cicerojaguars
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