This is part of a sponsored collaboration with JCPenney and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a soccer clinic hosted by Gonzo Soccer and JCPenny. This new partnership is nothing short of amazing. The clinic allowed girls, ages 8-16 years old, to come and receive pro soccer tips and tricks from Monica Gonzalez, the founder of Gonzo Soccer. The girls received life skills training to help develop them to be leaders in the community. The girls were also treated to the latest sporty hair trends provided by JCP Salon. They enjoyed healthy snacks, refreshments and music, and even got to make their own custom Xersion jerseys!
Monica shared her inspirational story of her own success and failures that developed her into the person she is today. She sets a blue print for the young girls to follow in becoming leaders in their community. Monica, herself, is a former All-America and Academic All-America player at Notre Dame University, she led the Fighting Irish to three NCAA final four appearances. In 1998 she played for the Mexican Women’s National team and helped lead the team in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Everything she has been involved in, she has influenced into a success. Which makes her the perfect person to not only influence but understand the power these young athletes hold in their communities. The passion and compassion she has for helping these girls succeed is evident in her ability to teach the young girls something that she has mastered.
Watching the girls get to engage in all of the activities was awesome and listening to Monica's story was also pretty amazing. I even got to join in the fun myself! I got my hair braided and was able to make my own jersey.
I believe it is so important to help young women in sports and education so they will become well-rounded influences. When we learn how to achieve in multiple areas of our lives we learn how to continue to become successes. It means that they/us are learning how to manage their time as well as understand different dilemmas. I was a student athlete and the only ones giving me advice were my brothers. It was really great seeing this event happen.
González serves as a sideline reporter for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams on ESPN, studio and match analyst for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup, the Longhorn Network, and a contributor to ESPN W, ESPN’s digital platform for female athletes and fans...basically an inspiring SpoiledLatina.