Vil­le­gas Soc­cer Cen­ter

Serve Daily - - PARADE OF GEMS - By Carolina Her­rin

At a t ime when eco­nomic pros­per ity seemed to not ex­ist, Vil­le­gas Soc­cer Cen­ter star ted a hum­ble be­gin­ning. It star ted with a fa­ther look­ing for a way to pro­vide for his fam­ily, es­pe­cially dur­ing the win­ter months when con­struc­tion vir­tu­ally stopped. Cris­to­bal Vil­le­gas pas­sion is soc­cer so it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of thought that by or­ga­niz­ing a few games, he could gain an in­come. Yet, there was a greater rea­son for or­ga­niz­ing soc­cer games – it would pro­vide a time for people to come to­gether as f r iends and fami ly and en­joy one an­other’s com­pany whi le be­ing act ive. Cr is­to­bal would rent gym­na­si­ums and f ields f rom schools in or­der to sup­ply the thirst for soc­cer in the Spr in­gville area.

He would do this along with his fam­ily of seven which con­sists of his wife, four sons and two daugh­ters, ex­clud­ing his old­est son whom was serv­ing an LDS Mis­sion in Cal­i­for­nia at that t ime. There would be t imes where the ent i re fami ly would spend ten to twelve hours run­ning the soc­cer leagues. This placed much st ress on the fam­ily; how­ever, through per­se­ver­ance and love, the fam­ily was able to be­come s t ronger. Fa s t forwa r d to 2014, while the old­est son had re­turned f rom his Mis­sion, the next brother had gone to serve his in Mex­ico. The fam­ily busi­ness has re­lo­cated to Spani sh Fork, wher e they are able to rent a par t of a ware­house and run the league. Vil­le­gas Soc­cer Cen­ter of­fers soc­cer leagues for men, women, and chi ldren of al l ages and a league for both men and women. They also cur rently run a soc­cer academy aimed at help­ing youth be­come more en­gaged and ac­tive through soc­cer.

Cr is­to­bal is of ten caught say­ing, “Soc­cer is not a spor t , but a way of life.” This could not be t ruer for the Vil­le­gas fam­ily. By pro­vid­ing a safe and per­son­able venue for fam­i­lies and friends to play soc­cer, Vil­le­gas Soc­cer Cen­ter is set­ting a new prece­dent in the man­ner of be­ing a busi­ness; be­ing small and fa­mil­ial al­lows re­la­tion­ships to blos­som into mean­ing­ful friend­ships amongst the com­mu­nity. To ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion about Vil­le­gas Soc­cer Cen­ter, please visit

www.vsoc­cer­center. com or email vil­le­gas. soc­cer­center@ gmail. com.

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