Dallas East Soccer Association is starting this fall season. Lupe Solis and her daughter, Jocelyn, is very excited.
Solis said, "Having them out and seeing them happy. It feels great!" The ongoing pandemic forced kids to stay off the field. Solis is a single mother, and she said all three of her kids don't understand the consequences of COVID-19.
said, "Mom, can we do this? Oh no baby. Oh yeah, the virus. And he goes
like that, so it's like, you know, they don't understand."
The virus had hit close to their home. Solis and her three kids got infected. Solis was forced to stay on bed for three weeks.
She recalled, "I had…my 10-year-old had to cook, clean, bathe the kids, do everything while I couldn't get out of bed. So it was, really, difficult." Though she works two jobs, she lost some income.
She added, "You know like I said, I'm a single mom, so I do a lot of Door Dash and Uber on the side so that extra income that helped me pay the bills was not there anymore."
Her story is, unfortunately, and similar to many families across North Texas who are hard-hit by the pandemic and can't afford the league. So the company LeagueSide decided to help. This company connects small-town sports leagues with big-time sponsors.
Now, Post Foods' Honey Bunches of Oats is sponsoring the Dallas East Soccer Association to play this fall. The money raised will be used for PPE and referees, which will lower the cost for families.
association president, Raul Lopez, has no idea how these teams would've moved
forward without the financial support. He said, "It helps a lot."
Solis said, "Just being back out there has helped them," said Marina Gonzalez, whose child is playing in the league.
"It was difficult because they were coming from playing soccer to just staying at home doing nothing."
It's been a trying times for many families, but they're moving forward, with a bit of help for their kids.
"It feels really good because this is what my kids love to do."