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AZ Footy Soccer Builds Role Models

AZ Footy soccer members pictured from L to R are Jose Aviles, Jordan Rivera, Tanner Young, Jesus Delgado, Jesus Estudillo, Ivan Aguilar and Jesus Dominguez.

AZ Footy soccer members pictured from L to R are Jose Aviles, Jordan Rivera, Tanner Young, Jesus Delgado, Jesus Estudillo, Ivan Aguilar and Jesus Dominguez

Sedona AZ (July 16, 2014) – For the past eight years I have been the AZ Footy soccer team coach. Starting with AYSO (Arizona Youth Soccer Association), the team became a traveling soccer club seven years ago. The team has been able to compete around the state and outside the state. The boys play with the best of the best soccer teams. Up until now, the AZ Footy soccer team has returned home with 12 gold and silver championship medals! Each and every one of these boys truly plays their heart out for the wonderful game of soccer. 

Over the years, the boys have given back to their Sedona and Verde Valley community by coaching the younger generations to play and love the game of soccer. They volunteered to help the elderly moving into a new home, as well as cleaning yards. They helped the City of Sedona with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade by setting up and taking down the various tents, water stations, and tables with chairs used during the festivities. The team has also contributed in the efforts of clearing and pulling all the unwanted weeds at the Wetlands on the west side of Sedona on State Route 89A. 

The team has now joined together with Sedona Pines Resort, Highlands Resort at Verde Ridge and we are working within the ADOT Adopt-A-Highway program to earn our funding. We are cleaning the 2-mile highway section for the Sedona Pines Resort on State Route 89A and the 1-mile Highlands Resort at Verde Ridge section located on Highway 260 near Camp Verde [3 miles total] four times per year.

The team has learned how and why it is important to help keep America’s highways looking clean and beautiful. Our players have been amazed at the amount and type of trash that they have collected and how many bags they have filled! They feel very fortunate to be living in this beautiful red rock country. We know that many tourists and residents drive these two highways to get to Sedona and other Verde Valley destinations. We wish to make our highways visually pleasing to those that travel on them. We know that what we do has an impact on the image and economy of our area.

Our players would encourage other youth groups to join in this effort and assist one of the many ADOT Adopt-A-Highway groups in the Sedona, Verde Valley and Yavapai County area.

Folksville USA Bag Ready Jobs program offers opportunities for youth groups and others to earn money picking up litter

Folksville USA Bag Ready Jobs program offers opportunities for youth groups and others to earn money picking up litter

We would like to thank ADOT for their brush cutting and mowing efforts to make our task easier, safer for us and the vehicles that use the highway shoulder for emergency purposes. ADOT’s efforts help reduce the fire dangers that endanger our communities.

We would have beautiful clean highways throughout the state and the nation if education, awareness and participation in this effort would spread throughout Arizona and America. In the future, we will be reporting on the types and quantity of objects we find and our efforts to claim the aluminum containers that will be used to support our funding needs.

If you are up for the challenge and wish to join our effort, please contact your local Adopt-A-Highway groups and let them know you would like assist them and earn your funding needs by participating in the much publicized Folksville USA America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs effort that originated in Arizona.

Please contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

AZ Footy soccer is building tomorrow’s role models and leaders.

This exclusive SedonaEye.com article written and submitted by Coach Juan Carlos Aguilar, AZ FOOTY Soccer Coach. Coach Aguilar can be reached at jcaguilar05@gmail.com.

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  1. Thank you so much for publishing this story on the AZ Footy Soccer Team, they are a wonderful bunch of boys that are learning the value of giving back to the community with their coach’s direction and hopefully they will inspire other youth groups to do the same. We are very fortunate to have them cleaning our Adopt a Highway sections on State Route 89A and Hwy 260.

  2. Thank You so much for for publishing the article, the AZ Footy Soccer Boys are very proud to help.

  3. Dear SedonaEye.com Publisher,

    I have sent the following comments to the organizations noted and hope that your readers will encourage other youth groups, businesses and leaders to join them.

    Through our combined effort, we only enhance the benefits to living and working in the Sedona and Verde Valley by improving the image and economy of our area.

    Gary Chamberlain

    Dear American Heritage Academy & AZ Footy soccer team,

    I am sharing the contact information for your individual organizations with the hope that you will contact each other and make a effort to join forces, plus encourage other youth groups to participate.

    Could you imagine the sight if the youth of the Verde Valley, Yavapai County and Arizona participated in four litter recovery events on the third week or weekend of February, May, August and November?

    The attachments denote the businesses in the past that have supported the “America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs” effort.

    I would suggest that all youth groups wanting to “earn” their funding contact these businesses if your group is willing to participate in the “America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs” effort and comply with the requirements [see attached requirements] by partnering and working with local ADOT Adopt-A-Highway groups.

    Your partnering efforts would make a great news story that I’m sure would appeal to our community and media organization. I am willing to help you connect with media organizations that have been willing to tell our story and include newspapers, television and radio.

    On a personal note, I would hope that your stories mention being part of the “America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs” effort that is getting local and national attention from many, including the American Legion and VFW.

    The success of our combined effort depends upon the participation of all of those mentioned in some capacity. Strength in numbers and teamwork are a must, if we are to make a difference.

    Thanks to the continued efforts of Mayor Charlie German, Town Manager Russ Martin and Economic Development Director Steve Ayer of Camp Verde we may have other community leaders joining this effort.

    Gary Chamberlain
    Folksville USA
    “America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs”
    (928) 202-1186

  4. Nice news support for these great kids.

  5. Dear Editor,

    I sent you some photos today of this team during their most recent litter pick up about two weeks ago on both Highway 89A and 260.

    It warms the heart seeing the youth on this team learning and earning their funding through the “Good old fashioned work for it and earn it concept”.

    Gary Chamberlain
    “America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs”
    Empowering our nation’s youth
    Cornville, AZ
    (928) 202-1186

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