For one night, Christian López became Puerto Rico Islanders’ favorite player. The Islanders dedicated their June 9th match to Christian, who plays for the Fundación SER de Puerto Rico’s soccer team. Islanders’ Head Coach Adrian Withbread received him and handed him a full uniform. Meanwhile, defender Alexis Rivera supervised the pre-game warm up, which Christian completed with the rest of the team before entering the field with the players.
When Christian executed the honorary first kick, he showed why he is an example to everyone. The brain damage he suffers since he’s four years old has never been an obstacle to achieve his goals. He is an active member of the SER Foundation, and an outstanding Special Education student. Among other initiatives, he was spokesperson and young symbol for Puerto Rico’s United Way’s public servers campaign.
At the present time, Christian is 18 years old. He just graduated middle school and is a prominent Special Education student. He holds the Eagle Scout rank since 2010, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. He is also part of other organizations, and will start the 10th grade next August. Among his ambitions he expects to graduate and study visual arts and photography in college. Also, he wishes not only to be part of his university’s soccer team, but to be Head Coach of the Puerto Rico Islanders in the future.
Christian’s visit is part of the Soccer for You social responsibility program that the the team runs since last season. Islanders will dedicate their next match to the Down Syndrome Foundation. Match will be held Saturday, June 16th at Bayamón Soccer Complex and starts at 7:30pm.