A soccer star bringing skilled abilities, methods and leisure to summer season camps

By Mayra Franco

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MISHAWAKA, Indiana (WBND-LD) – A soccer star known as “Hollywood” brings his expertise to children in Michiana.

But before we find out all about summer camp fun, we wanted to tell how he started futboleros.

Founder James Ortega has played football professionally for over 30 years and had a vision to entertain the football world with more than just dribbling the ball.

So he combined the two, football and entertainment.

It was about 15 years ago that the whole concept of mixing football and entertainment came about.

Ortega was recognized and worked with companies like Nike and Red Bull who decided to start their own company doing what he loves most: entertainment, classes and playing soccer.

This is where the Futboleros Soccer Academy comes in.

It has turned into a camp to get kids involved in the community by mixing football with entertainment here in Michiana. But before he took root locally, he was a professional Los Angeles soccer player who starred in four films, 20 soccer commercials, and was the main entertainment for the LA Galaxy.

He appears annually at over 300 events with his team ‘Futboleros Soccer Entertainers’, which are other professionals from all over the world.

They appear in halftime shows for companies like Copa America, which is like the superbowl for the soccer world, LA Galaxy, local events and more.

Ortega felt that there was more than just football, he felt a passion to entertain football fans with spectacular shows of special tricks and choreographies across the country and with the kids every day too.

“I’m unique, so I do everything, so you want entertainment, you want to learn, that’s what I’m here for. I’m a real soccer player … I’ve done it all my life, I love it, I have a passion and not only do I train, but I show you exactly how to kick the ball and hit it right into the goal, ”said Ortega, when he kicked the ball towards the goal post.

The Futboleros soccer camp is open to children ages 7-14 of all skill levels with a few different camp options. You can choose whether you want to train for half a day or a full day on the lawn, in the hall or in the sand.

“Do you want to just stick it on your finger or around your head, right on your neck, for a little entertainment, or if you just want to learn how to juggle and be in total control. You’re coming to Futboleros, ”said Ortega as he showed us these tricks.

Laughter, fun and kids who love playing soccer are what you hear here at Outpost Sports, one of the camp’s three locations.

A group of children meet five days a week to learn how to become skillful players who learn to showcase their talents in fun ways.

It contains extreme air balls as a new way of motivating children and training for adults too.

Ortega brings a lot of energy to give the children some professional experience while training.

Ortega says one of his favorite parts about the camp is the kids.

“Watching the kids smile, watching them have fun, watching them grow, watching them progress to the next level, it’s nurturing like adding water to a flower,” said Ortega.

There is also a tournament for adults and children on July 25th and the last registration date is July 10th.

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