Soccer….Family Style


Help Fund This Project: The Jay DeMerit Story
May 5, 2011, 8:05 am
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If you love US Soccer, you have to want to see this video produced. Jay DeMerit is one of my favorite stories in US Soccer, not just because he had the guts to take a long shot chance to go play in the English Premiership, but mostly because he did it coming from Wisconsin. As a passionate soccer fan raising kids in Des Moines, Iowa, there’s a special place in my heart for players that make it from the Midwest (it makes me feel less guilty about not taking my kids back to my Jersey homeland!)

As if that wasn’t enough, DeMerit suffered a scratch on his eye from a contact lens, which became infected and required a vision and career saving corneal transplant, and is my favorite “why I will never wear contacts on my eye” stories. I’m not sure if they’ll cover that in the movie, but you have got to love this players spirit and determination to succeed against adversity of all kinds.

Jay has a great story about taking a chance on making your dreams happen, and it deserves to be told. I hope you’ll go check out the Kickstarter page for Rise and Shine: the Jay DeMerit Story and help fund this project (and get rewards for doing it!)

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