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Dayana P.'s Soccer Trophy

Glass Soccer Ball Trophy
My soccer trophy symbolizes the importance of advocacy.

When I came to the US at age eight, I felt like a fish out of water. But after my family settled, I joined a soccer team that gave me a sense of connection that I was missing.

Only months after joining the team, my local park became too small to sustain our soccer activities. My team, parents, coaches, and local leaders encouraged me to advocate for more parks in our region. I felt supported and empowered. Even as an immigrant from Mexico, my voice mattered.

I keep those moments with me in my work advocating for equitable green space in communities. I know how much love, support, and understanding develops in those spaces. Everyone deserves it.
Dayana P.
California

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