Soccer balls, Cleats, and an Education

Scholarship Entrant: Kaela from Orlando, FL
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Kaela: 7

Being an athlete is what has defined me for most of my life. Anything that involved running around or a ball has been my forte since I could walk. Soccer, however, is the one sport that stood out the most for me and has been my passion ever since I kicked my first neon pink soccer ball. My mother is Panamanian and I had always been curious about that half of my heritage, so my family and I decided to go visit our family there and I very quickly fell in love. Then I thought, why not combine my two loves and try out for the women’s Panamanian national soccer team. I made the team and had my eyes opened to what it truly was like to live in a third world country. The women’s program is very talented, but in Panama the men’s team always took priority over us, causing the women’s team to never be able to reach their full potential. My ideal job would be to create women’s soccer academies in Panama for young girls to train at. This keeps the young girls off the streets because I would want to create housing where they could live at and a school to take classes at between practices. By doing this, the women’s program would have a chance to excel and the girls would be guaranteed an education on top of soccer that would help them to escape poverty and be successful in whatever they desire.

Vote for Kaela: 7

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