17 responses

  1. Bernadette
    March 25, 2009
  2. Soccer Dad
    March 25, 2009

    Coach Arizmendi – what a great story. Your players are lucky to have a coach like yourself that ‘gets it’ I hope your team enjoys the LA SOL match – what great fun!

  3. Tobias Brown
    March 26, 2009

    Hi Everyone!

    My daughter is on Bernadette’s soccer team and we love this incredible display of human kindness and true sportsmanship. Bernadette deserves all the credit for this because she has a true heart of gold. We love our girls here on the Cyclones team in Cypress, but we truly love the efforts of the girls from Huntington Park. They deserve to go and represent Southern California in the Championship tournament. Good Luck to the Huntington Park Eagles! We love you!!!!

  4. Bernadette
    March 26, 2009

    Thank you Ryan and kiss fm, I am Bernadette’s mother. Not only am I proud of my daughter, but you have no idea how good these little girls felt at the end of the day. they truely felt the greatest gift, giving, they felt mabey for the first time how it felt to really do for some one else, they learned about stepping back and giving. And I hope this lesson will follow them through life and they will teach there children, . I am so proud of this team, the girls had a great day, as a team it was a day we will never forget, thank you Ryan, Patty and kiss fm you all rock

  5. Bernadette
    March 26, 2009

    Everyone please know that ms. patty Rodriguez from Kiis FM helped push this through and make it happen and as Glory is given all over the place lets please be as grateful to patty as we are to everyone for all of their random acts of soccer kindness

  6. seanb_us
    March 26, 2009

    Big grins from Connecticut. You guys did right!!! That’s the kind of honourable approach that so often seems missing from our sport. I am impressed and proud of you.



  7. Soccer Dad
    March 26, 2009

    Just was informed that the AYSO national office will have a story up on their main website (http://soccer.org/) later today. Congrats!

  8. Jeff Fortune
    March 26, 2009

    I absolutely love this story. I am a soccer and baseball coach in the West Garden Grove area very near to Cypress. I can tell you that as a coach it is a goal to not only make the kids better players, but to make them better people. Coach Bernadette is a great example of this and I commend you for what you did. I have also forwarded this story to the Postive Coaching Alliance because more people need to know about this and follow this example.

    Congrat Bernadette on being an example for all coaches!!!!

  9. Rick Smith
    March 26, 2009

    As a long time coach in West Garden Grove,a Cypress rival, I can`t tell you how impressed and touched I was with what this group of people did. This should be on the front page of our papers instead of all the negatives we hear each day. I hope that all our Coaches and Parents read this and learn that it`s not all about winning. These girls will remember this for the rest of their lives.

  10. Lee Harmon
    March 26, 2009
  11. Bernadette Arizmendi
    March 26, 2009

    Hi everyone! Thank you all for the wonderful feedback! I am looking for someone to help me set up and host a website for my charity organization called the Soccer Sisters. My Cyclones team will be raising money at different events and with donations to assist with scholarships and sponsorships for youth sports in areas of need. Any information or help anyone can offer please contact me at [email protected].

  12. Soccer Dad
    March 26, 2009


    I have a pretty extensive web background and would be more than willing to help you with your site and host it for you. I’ll touch base via email and we’ll see what we can do.

  13. Bernadette Arizmendi
    March 26, 2009
  14. Jeff Fortune
    March 26, 2009

    This story is now being carried on the National News Section of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Follow the link to see it there.


  15. Bernadette
    March 27, 2009

    Hey all please follow me to http://www.twitter.com/bernadettelisa and I will keep you all posted with updates on what is going on. Thank you all so much for supporting us and cheering us on. All of you have hearts of Gold and I want to keep all of you up to date with the story.

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