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Marble Falls Middle School students to participate in Olympic Development soccer camp

MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Middle School students Christian Ammons and Faustino Dominguez have been selected to attend the Region III Olympic Development Program Camp July 13-19.

The two 12-year-olds attended a tryout in San Antonio in January and then had a second tryout that lasted five weeks in friendly tournaments, said Manolo Custodio, Ammons’ father.


PHOTO 1: Marble Falls Middle School students and soccer players Faustino Dominguez (left) and Christian Ammons have been selected to participate in the Region III Olympic Development Program Camp in July. Courtesy photo


Each tournament featured at least 36 players.

The developmental program will be at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and will feature players from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Texas.

“They have all the requirements for playing at a high level,” Custodio said.

Total cost for each player to participate in the program is $1,300, which includes room, meals and transportation.

Both boys will be fundraising for their trip. Anyone interested in making a donation may email Custodio at manolo_custodio@hotmail.com.

The Olympic Development Program is part of the original Olympic Development Program founded in 1977 by U.S. Youth Soccer and is a national identification and development program for elite-level players, according to published reports.

The program identifies and develops players to compete at the state, regional and national levels in support of national team-development efforts.

jfierro@thepicayune.com