I was born in Puerto Rico and when I was 5 years old my Mom and Dad divorced. My Mom moved us to Florida, while my Dad stayed back. From that day on it was just My Mom, Sister, Brother and I in a new location. To make things a little tougher none of us spoke English fluently. Early on My Mom worked 2 jobs to keep a roof over our head and food on the table. We moved around quite a bit back then jumping from apartment complex to apartment complex. Some of these places were not in the nicest neighborhoods. While my Mom was an absolute super hero taking care of the 3 of us, she could not do it all by herself.
We were blessed to have the support of local churches, friends, and YOUTH SPORTS! When I was little the only positive male role models I had were my sports coaches. These incredible guys poured into me and taught me so many life lessons. They taught me the fundamentals of the sports and how to increase my skills, but more importantly, they gave me the tools to achieve more in life than my current situation at that time. These great Coaches taught me how to push myself beyond my comfort zones, how to bounce back from mistakes, and how to become a leader.
Being involved with youth sports allowed me to experience moments that I would have never had otherwise. Being part of a team means having other kids who get to know you, identify with you, and will support you at every turn. This allowed me to grow with confidence despite never coming from an affluent home base. I travelled all over Arizona, across state lines, and even internationally because of youth sports. This gave me a wider world view and allowed me to set higher goals for my life.
Maybe the most powerful and important thing people should know about youth sports is that most kids will never make it pro, I never achieved my dream of playing professionally.. but I did become a professional in other ways. I became the youngest Manager, Director, and Vice President in my 15 year career in Higher Education. When I was 20 years old I
was leading others in a professional environment and responsible for millions of dollars in salaries, revenue, and other company resources. I walked away from that career to pursue my passion of youth sports, and I founded GameDay Sports in 2017 and GameDay Charities in 2018. Now I’m spending the rest of my life trying to give every child the same opportunities I had through Youth Sports!