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A few days ago, we had a nice visit in our office. His name is Kyle Baker. Kyle played several years for SP
prior to starting college. Kyle started playing soccer at the early age of 5 on a recreational team. Kyle
played several sports as a youth, however, he loved soccer the most. He played soccer 24/7. Indoor,
spring, fall, summer, he could never get enough.

Kyle joined SP Soccer Academy in 2011, his freshman year in high school. However, he did not want to
play high school soccer. Lucky for Kyle, SP had a team for him. Kyle talked about how much he loved his
experience at SP and how Gino played an integral role in his love for the game.  Kyle expressed that
“Gino taught me a lot about the game. How to play and how get enjoyment of out the game". Kyle
professed to us that he was losing his passion for the game prior to joining SP. Gino helped him get that
passion back. Kyle remarked that Gino “taught me the technical ability to play at a higher level. To be
confident and enjoy the game”
. One of Kyles best memories of SP Soccer Academy was going to
tournaments and hanging out all weekend with the other players while staying at the same hotel. The
fun wasn’t limited to hanging out at the hotel all weekend with his teammates though, Gino was a fun
coach as well. Kyle expressed Gino “made it fun to learn the game of soccer”, that he “taught so much
to the players”

Kyle went on to play college soccer at Ohio Dominican University where he just finished his final season.
If asked, Kyle would like to play at the next level. He would love to go overseas and play soccer. When
Kyle was younger he went to England for trials where he had a great time playing with kids from all over
the world. He met so many people from different countries with different cultures. It was an
experience of a lifetime.

When asked what advice Kyle would give to new players joining SP he remarked that players should
“come in with an open mind, listen to your coaches, and have fun. SP is a great club”. In Kyle’s own
words, with SP Soccer Academy “you cannot go wrong”.


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