By Cassie Coughlin |Staff Writer|
College students are known to be skilled at juggling multiple obligations, but for some students these obligations consist of being a member of a professional soccer team and a professional dance squad.
This scenario is a reality for fellow ‘Yotes, McKenzie Gutierrez and Charlie Gonzalez, who are not only full-time students, but also full-time members of the professional indoor soccer organization, the Ontario Fury.
“I’m going to school full-time, I work, we have to be on our fitness so working out almost every day, and then doing all that on top of appearances, so it definitely does get overwhelming, but it’s all about prioritizing and keeping on track,” said Gutierrez, who is a second year dancer for the Ladies of Ontario Fury.
“It’s stressful because I live in San Bernardino and have to drive to Ontario to go practice and play, then I have to go to class right after, sometimes I even miss class to go practice,” said Gonzalez, who is a rookie midfielder for the Ontario Fury.
A part of being a member of a professional sports team means attending weekly practices and games.
According to Gonzalez, who was just awarded Rookie of the Year, the Ontario Fury soccer team meets everyday for practice, Monday through Friday. Despite the mandatory practices, they also have weekly games.
The Ladies of the Ontario Fury dance team meets once a week for practice, leaving the dancers responsible for maintaining their fitness on their own time, as well as being on top of the dance routines.
There is a lot of personal reward that comes from being on a sports team, but both these ‘Yotes and Fury’s agree that one of the greatest reward’s is being a part of the Ontario Fury family and giving back to the community, especially kids.
“Playing on the team gives you some character that you build towards people to be a leader, for example towards kids, you can help them grow in a positive way,” said Gonzalez who is pursuing his credentials in physical education who wants to coach college soccer.
“Not only to go to school but also to do what they want to do, whether it’s sports or any other thing they want to do, they can do it,” continued Gonzalez.
“Not only are we telling kids that look up to us school is so important, you need that degree, but also it’s manageable, you can be living your dream and and doing what you love on the side,” said Gutierrez
Gonzales and Gutierrez are living their dream by doing what they love and getting their degrees. They both agree that with hard work and dedication, anyone can reach their goals.
“As cliché as it sounds, just don’t get up, if you have that passion or spark in you let it shine let it lead you, you’re going to hit obstacles like we have but you just to keep going,” said Gutierrez.
“Find something that motivates you to keep going and doing what you love, if you give up you’re going to regret it in the end, so just find something that motivates you to keep going and never give up,” continued Gonzalez.