The Zorros de Sinaloa entered my life with a chance meeting with Don Bennett, founder of Amputee Soccer International. Don has done an amazing job of changing the lives of these team members and their families by introducing them to the possibilities open to them. Soccer is known as Futbol in Mexico, and the Zorros are Mexico's FIRST Futbol team for amputees! The team is an amazing mix of men from several cities in Sinaloa State, and of ages ranging from 17 through their 40's. The day I met Don (at the inmigracion office in Mazatlan!) he showed me an album of teams he's founded, and I guess his enthusiasm touched my heart. Next thing I knew, he was appointing me his "ambassador" for the Zorros in Mazatlan!
Later, at home, I wondered what I could do to help him spread the word about the Zorros amongst the Mazatlecos, and... tah dahhhh, this is the flyer I came up with, using the photo and information Don sent me. My friends, the Lucero family, printed 1,000 of these flyers at their shop in Mazatlan, and... I spent the next three weeks walking the streets, posting flyers, meeting many, many wonderful and gracious folks on the street and in their businesses, even finding some new businesses I didn't know existed in Mazatlan! At one stop, the shop owner stitched a loose tab on my wallet while I posted the flyer on his window! Another day, a young woman asked for flyers so she could help spread the word, and I learned later that, when I got off the bus, she stood up and read the announcement to the rest of the passengers, asking them to help by posting a flyer in their neighborhoods. My friend and taxi driver, Francisco, patiently drove me to areas of town where I could get out and walk, then call him when I was ready to find another area of town to cover. It was an amazing experience, and I am honored that Don trusted me to 'do anything you can think of' to spread the word in Mazatlan. God Bless you, Don, and YOU, Berc Zorian, the Zorros' coach and mentor! PS: I haven't the foggiest idea what Soccer is about, but that's OK, because what I see goes beyond a game. For me, the goal isn't that net at the end of the field; it's that these men have been given, and are working hard at, a new chance in life, after having lost a limb to either accident or illness. GOOOOO ZORROS!!!!!