Guys/Girls Operating As Leaders, a student enrichment program pioneered by Denton ISD, hosted its eighth annual GOAL Cup Soccer Tournament on Saturday at Ryan High School.
The program began nine years ago at McMath Middle School and since has expanded to five school districts, including Denton, Lake Dallas, Little Elm, Lewisville and Sanger.
GOAL uses soccer as an incentive to help second-language learners, at-risk and low-income students succeed in the classroom and give back to their communities. The group also has given out $9,000 in scholarships this year to former GOAL participants.
At the tournament, 21 girls and boys teams competed for bragging rights and the coveted GOAL Cup that they get to keep at their campus for the upcoming school year.
Players, coaches and families also held a moment of silence for Ryan High School soccer player Edgar Medrano, a 17-year-old who was part of the GOAL “familia.” Medrano passed away recently after an 11-month battle with cancer.
To learn more about GOAL, go to www.dentongoal.org.