Joe Supe knew that the “F” he saw next to several courses on the boy’s report card stood for failing, not fabuloso, as the boy had told his parents. Yet the parents, who could not speak or read English and were unfamiliar with the American school system, were none the wiser. That is until Supe and the Southern California Youth Soccer Organization (SCYSO) identified the problem and stepped in to remedy the situation.

The blacktop court at Raintree Park in Vista, California was barren and lonely. All of the action was at the nearby soccer fields where children crowded the space and arrived early with the hopes of getting a chance to play.