First and foremost, they earned a point. And they completely outplayed Rolando and his teammates. Now, Team USA needs to put this game behind them and prepare for Germany – where two of our very own will be on hand to cheer them on!
John Heath and Alberto Lemus are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme in California. After winning an essay contest sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, the 16-year-olds fly today to Brazil, where they’ll spend five days and serve as official flag bearers at Thursday’s USA/Germany match.
The essay they co-wrote covered leadership roles they played via the Triple Play program, which is designed to increase daily physical activity, teach good nutrition and develop healthy relationships among Club members. They wrote about introducing once-incarcerated youth to soccer, handball and weekly Triple Play fitness challenges. They also told how they helped plan and implement a bone marrow drive, as well as host an event called “Give a Smile,” in which area dentists and Universal Pictures donated bags of essential hygiene products to more than 250 local homeless families.
Coca-Cola, founding partner of Triple Play, is covering all travel expenses for John, Alberto and Cody Bowen, their chaperone and Club Teen Director. The teens will also receive official 2014 FIFA World Cup flag bearer uniforms, Coca-Cola leisure uniforms, an official game photo and Sony Xperia smartphones.
Do us proud, and go USA!