Welcome to My Rally Campaign
- My name is Dane Taylor, and I play soccer for Illinois Futbol Club in Urbana, Illinois, USA.
- Our U13 soccer team is one of several from across the country that have been chosen to represent USA in the 2018 Donosti Cup in San Sebastian, Spain. The Donosti Cup is one of the top international tournaments in the world. There will be over 400 teams from all over the world playing in the tournament. We will have the opportunity to play at tournament venues in Spain and France. As part of our trip, we will visit Madrid, Spain, where we will train at Real Madrid's facilities with their coaches.
Why I'm Raising Funds
- All of the money I raise will be used towards my airfare, tournament fees, hotel expenses, etc.
How I Got Here
- I started playing rec league soccer in Mahomet, Illinois when I was four years old. When I was nine years old, I joined Mahomet-Seymour Soccer Club. I moved to Illinois Futbol Club when I was 11 years old, and have been with the club for 2 1/2 years. Last summer, I was selected to play for Central Illinois Elite, a travel soccer team made up of the best players from all over Illinois. We played all over the Midwest in the Super Y League. Last December, Chicago Soccer Academy called my parents and asked them if I would be interested in joining their team at the North American Finals to compete for a Super Y championship. I said yes! We played at the world famous IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
- Our U13 team is made up of players from over 5 different nationalities from the Champaign-Urbana area. I am excited to go and play with this team overseas. I have known two of my teammates since Kindergarten at St. Matthew School, and am excited to experience this opportunity with them.
- I would like to thank Illinois Futbol Club for pursuing this opportunity for us. I would also like to thank our Director of Coaching Kevin Love, our ADOC Rosalee Edsall, our coach Luis Rodriguez, and all of the parents responsible for putting in a ton of hard work for this trip!
Please Join My Team and Spread the Word!
- Thank you very much for your support! For everyone who supports my journey, I will send you a special souvenier from Spain!