In the spotlight – Xavier Chavez, an alumni of the Indigenous Soccer Cup, has become a competitive soccer coach for the Gallup Youth Soccer league, helping to coach athletes who have an interest in becoming goalkeepers.

IMG_0643_480x480Xavier Chavez was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico. He is the second oldest of six children. A graduate of Miyamura High School, Chavez is attending New Mexico State University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Xavier Chavez is the first of his family to attend college. He wants other students to know that college can be difficult in the beginning, especially when moving away from family, but managing your time wisely can also be a challenge for many young students. However, Chavez learned how to make the most of his new experiences in college by meeting new people. He now plays on an intramural soccer team at NMSU.

Xavier Chavez thinks his biggest accomplishment in life was when he was accepted into New Mexico State University because it is presenting him with the opportunity to expand his education and pursue his career in becoming a nurse. Chavez’ favorite memories of the Indigenous Soccer Cup is when his team, The Strikers, won the 2015 ISC Championship and being able to play soccer with all of his friends.

IMG_0725_200x300Congratulations, Xavier, and continue to strive for your dreams!