First Annual Soccer Appreciation Night


The Parks and Community Services Department recently held its First Annual Soccer Appreciation Night at Ramsay Park. Over 200 players from the department’s youth soccer league and their family members attended the event.

The highlight of the evening was an appearance by San Jose Earthquakes’ midfielder, Rafa Baca. Baca spoke about healthy eating, education and soccer. Baca spoke at length about his past in order to inspire youth to stay dedicated to both soccer and school. His story is one to which many of the youth could relate.

Baca, 23, moved from Mexico to the United States when he was in elementary school. Not knowing English before he moved, he faced adversity acclimating to his new home. With persistence, Baca overcame the language barrier and eventually graduated from Amino Leadership High School in Inglewood, California. He was awarded the school’s top Student-Athlete award before attending Loyola Marymount University on full scholarship.

After his inspirational talk, Baca led drills with the youth soccer players, and then signed autographs and took photos.

Soccer is an important part of the Watsonville community and the PCS Department is grateful to the San Jose Earthquakes, and especially Rafa Baca, for their support of this event. In addition, students from the United Way’s Jovenes Sanos Program assisted with the event setup and takedown, and helped lead drills for the youth. It is events like this, with the cooperation of several partners that make Watsonville an ideal place to live, work and play.

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