Caleb raised a total of $1,900 running in the Marine Corps Marathon two years in a row while representing the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
Q: So what inspired you to become a fundraiser for the Foundation?
A: I love the game of soccer, being able to support the kids and their development using sport as an outlet is just something I was excited about.
I also really like running. Running a marathon is challenging and a way to push yourself, so it was really a twofold by pushing myself and growing myself while also benefitting the Foundation and what you all are doing.
Q: What is your most memorable moment from the whole experience?
A: The second year I ran the U.S Soccer Foundation came out with a bunch of signs to support me. That was awesome to have them out on the course cheering me on, it was definitely a great pick me up!
Q: How has soccer impacted your life?
A: Looking back on my childhood some of my fondest memories are from playing soccer.
Growing up it was a chance to be part of a team and a community, which has been one of the biggest things for me. You learn to accept yourself and your own talent and that gives you courage and confidence. When you’re included and supported by a community you find that you have more ability than you ever knew you had.
In recent days I play more socially in DC, and it’s been a great social outlet and opportunity to continue building friendships, especially in a city where it’s hard to meet people.
Q: Any advice to future fundraisers?
A: Don’t be afraid to ask people to give. People want to give to a cause that you believe in. More often than not you’ll find that your network wants to support you, especially if it’s for a good cause. So don’t be shy about asking, if you just do it you’ll be surprised by the response.