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Feb 14, 2018

Dangriga Youth Footballer Headed to U.S.

A young Belizean left for the U.S. today on a short program to play soccer in Phoenix, Arizona. Demille Flores is a fourteen-year-old second form student from Dangriga. He is an exceptional footballer and was selected by the RUSH Program as one of the top sixteen players of his age group to play in the Presidents’ Day Tournament. News Five spoke with Director of RUSH Belize, Daniel Fabro, and Flores prior to his departure.


Demille Flores

Demille Flores, Footballer, RUSH Program

“I will play against different teams and we will be meeting with the college coaches about scholarship to enter the schools and colleges in the United States.”


Andrea Polanco

“Now you are going to be playing with all these different players, what do you hope to learn while you are there in the U.S.?”


Demille Flores

“I hope to learn how to play more active and more active for goals and not to be greedy and to communicate with other players.”


Daniel Fabro

Daniel Fabro, Country Director, RUSH Belize

“It is to expose our youths to bigger things, get them out of Belize and hopefully one of these days maybe Demille or one of the others to follow to get a football scholarship with a university in the states or if he is that talented he can one day represent us professionally.  Demille was chosen to now travel back to Arizona in this year to play in showcase tournament in front of hundreds of college coaches. There will be lots of games and lots of players there. We are hoping that Demille will do well and he will represent Belize well. But if nothing else, I can tell you that this experience is opening new avenues for Demille and helping him mature as a player, just being out there playing internationally.”


The college showcase will be from February fifteenth to the nineteenth and will feature two hundred teams from around the world. The Rush Select Program is an elite program that brings together top boys and girls players from RUSH Clubs in North America and other regions to compete.

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