MEET OUR 2015 AMBASSADORS: TATE FROM CALIFORNIA, GOING ON OUR SOCCER TRIP!
Tate is going on our Costa Rica Soccer trip this summer! He is a lifelong Southern California resident who is fascinated by the world around him and different cultures. Currently a freshman, he hopes to play soccer in college, and is looking forward to travelling to Costa Rica and being immersed in community service, Spanish, and soccer!
Tate prides himself on being a scholar and athlete. He is involved in Model United Nations, an educational simulation and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Tate enjoys research, debate, and thinking on his feet, and participates in all honors classes. Tate was a Valedictorian in intermediate school, and hopes to maintain a demanding academic schedule while also enjoying free time with his close group of friends. Tate’s favorite courses include Biology Honors, Spanish II Honors, and English Honors, where his love of reading is expressed.
Tate has played club level soccer since he was seven-years old, and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were NCAA Championship and Olympic Soccer Team members respectively. Tate has been selected for the Olympic Development Program, ID2 National Development Training, and is presently a member of the Pateadores Academy U14 Soccer Team. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program is the highest level of youth soccer in the United States, developing players for college and professional soccer in the U.S. and internationally. Tate’s soccer competitions have taken him to Nevada, Washington and Arizona, as well as up and down the California coast. He will be attending the U.S. Soccer U14 Showcase in Indiana prior to his Costa Rican adventure, where he hopes to catch the attention of some Division I College coaches. Tate cannot wait to experience soccer, or futbol, in South America, and serve local Costa Rican communities doing what he loves and sharing it with others.
Most importantly, Tate is excited to work with children and plunge himself into another culture. He hopes to document his Costa Rican trip through writing, videos and photography to positively influence other students looking for an adventure. Buenas viajes!