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Ball kids to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime

Sandra Haros/KTAR

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Twelve children will have the opportunity of a lifetime.

They've been handpicked to be "ball kids" at the first Mexican National Team soccer game in the U.S. this year at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

"It's very cool," said 14-year-old Jose Roman.

In preparation for the big event, the children participated in a private soccer clinic conducted by soccer superstar and Hall of Famer, Marcelo Balboa.

"At the end of the day, the message I want them to take home is that we want them to have goals, we want them to have dreams, but an education will always be there," Balboa said.

The children were selected based on grades and community involvement.

The event was organized by Chicanos Por La Causa and Coca-Cola's Club Balon Rojo.

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About the Author


Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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