Eventually, Coach Jesus was able to get a meeting for Karla with the Female Teen League coach. The coach was impressed by Karla’s skills and good attitude and selected her to train.
At the same time, Karla’s Compassion center paid for all the soccer gear she needed to practice with the team, from shoes to uniforms. Coach Jesus, who was now like Karla’s surrogate father, began taking her to practice every week since it is outside of Karla’s community.
With the support of her coach and community, Karla has a new dream about her future. “Playing with this team allows me to be recruited as a prospect for international leagues. My biggest dream is to become an international soccer player. I want to fix our house and to provide for my grandmother and my brother,” says Karla.
More Than Just Soccer
Karla continues to work hard every week at practice, with the goal of improving her family’s life in the future. But this opportunity affects so much more than just Karla’s sports prospects. Because of soccer, Karla has a purpose for her future, which keeps her safe from the bad influences and other dangers in her community.
Karla is also learning valuable spiritual lessons.