Sports teach us lessons that we can apply to life: Teamwork, quick thinking, persevering through adversity, all things that are important to life as a policeman, according to Officer Diego Martinez.
The NYPD Soccer team is a highly competitive team comprised of young, athletic officers who crave the kind of competition and skilled sportsmanship that they experience on the soccer pitch. The team is a tight family on and off the field.
The team, along with competing against talented teams all over the country, gives back by participating in charitable tournaments and children’s soccer clinics. This November, they are traveling to Colombia, the hometown of team captain Diego Martinez. In Martinez’ home turf, the team is bringing 2,500 pounds of donated soccer gear to children in poor communities around Colombia.
“It is an incredible experience for us not only to be able to give back, but to have the opportunity to travel around the world doing it,” said Officer Greg Dylan, a team member and coordinator of the trip.