By Terrance Chisolm
Every Sunday on Carter Parramore Academy's playing field the soccer teams that are a part of the Quincy Soccer League come together to compete, and have fun.
The league currently consists of 16 teams and has been in existence for at least 16 years according to Fredy Cervantes, the league's disciplinary director. The teams play for the chance to win a $500 reward as well as a team trophy and medallions for all players on the winning team.
Admission to the games are free and open to the whole community. Cervantes says the mixture of soccer and authentic Mexican and El Salvadorian food provides many Hispanics with a reminder and taste of their homeland.
The evidence of this can be seen as families walk around and mingle, and as children run around and play. The whole environment has a family friendly feel, and Cervantes was quick to acknowledge that the league has a strict zero tolerance policy for any misbehaving among players or anyone in attendance.
With all the positives surrounding this league there has also been challenges. According to Jaime E. Castro, the vice president of the league it has been an up hill climb to secure a playing field for its games. But through their persistence league leaders were able to persuade the Gadsden County School Board into allowing them to play on Carter Parramore's field as well as on James A.Shank's field. Because of the school boards kind act, Castro said that "he and the league were very thankful," although the common goal among the leaders is to one day be able to purchase a piece of land to play on.
Castro said "Quincy has the biggest soccer league in the area, but the community doesn't give enough support." The league would like to see members of all races come out and enjoy the games, food, and overall atmosphere. Cervantes also would like to see a diverse group of vendors selling their products during games.
Next Sunday marks the start of the league's playoffs and they are hoping for a big turnout. All persons within the community looking for a positive movement to support need look no further than Carter Parramore and James A. Shank's playing fields on Sunday afternoons.