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Myers Middle School staff member in running for MLS volunteer award

Myers Middle School's Josue Arista is in the running for a national contest from Major League Soccer for his volunteer work with the district's Guys/Girls Operating as Leaders soccer program.
 
The MLS Works and Wells Fargo Community MVP Contest recognizes volunteers from across the U.S. who go above and beyond typical work to better their community. Coach Arista was nominated to represent FC Dallas in the contest and could win up to $10,000 for the district's GOAL program. Voting is open until Wednesday, July 29, and voters can submit their choice for the Community MVP once every minute as often as they like.
 
Coach Arista, who works as an ISS aide at Myers, serves as the athletic coordinator for the GOAL program, overseeing 10 teams. The GOAL program offers motivation to at-risk middle school boys and girls through the game of soccer. Students in the program learn about leadership and how to serve as role models on their campuses.
 


 
As part of his responsibilities with the GOAL program, Coach Arista helped coordinate a family soccer game as well as two tournaments during the school year. He is also the founder of his school's club, Real Myers FC.  During the school year, he coaches more than 35 players for seven and a half hours a week after classes end.
 
In addition to his service on the athletic side, Coach Arista also helps students stay on a positive path. He helps his athletes by donating or finding donations for school supplies, established a mentor program and tutors students who need help with their school work. Coach Arista has helped the GOAL program receive more than $3,500 in donations from local organizations and groups. Additionally, he has coordinated toy drives for the Scottish Rite Hospital and assisted with multiple food drives during the school year.
 
Coach Arista is currently working on his degree in education with the goal of becoming a middle school math teacher.