Teen mows lawns to pay for European soccer training

By Leah Masuda, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017, 5:47 PM EDT

While most kids are enjoying their summer break from school, a Wesley Chapel boy is breaking a sweat to help pay for his trip to Europe for professional soccer training.

  • Teen mows lawns to pay for European soccer training
  • George Obregon, 13, has dream of becoming professional soccer player
  • Obregon working hard toward his goal of training in Europe
  • Contant George Obregon at georgeobregon725@gmail.com 

When 13-year-old George Obregon isn’t in school, he’s working towards his goal of getting to Europe.

“I love the European way how they play soccer, it is beautiful how they play,” said Obregon. “So I want to keep working hard to see if I can maybe even reach that potential."

George goes to Pasco eSchool and plays on the Weightman Middle School team, as well as the Wesley Chapel Flames, a competitive club league.

When he’s not practicing with his team he’s practicing at home and doesn’t stop until he goes to work at a job he created himself, doing yard work.

“He started going out and passing out fliers in the neighborhood and he got a couple of clients and he says I think I can make my goal this way," said George’s mom, Michelle Obregon.

Obregon’s goal is to train in Europe for four weeks, and with an even bigger goal of living there after high school, with high hopes of playing professionally.

“I would love to live next to the stadium hearing the crowd roar if there's a goal or making an ‘ah’ if there's a miss."

Obregon is working to finish school early so he can accomplish his dream--finishing 6th and 7th grade last year.

He plans to train at camps in England, Italy, Germany, and Spain. In order to do that he hopes to get as many jobs as he can to reach his goal of about $10,000 for him and one of his parents to go.

“It's more special to me, like when I reach that goal, if I reach that goal I’ll think to myself I did it, I did it because I worked hard, it wasn't handed to me."

And with each job, however small, Obregon says he feels that much closer.