World Cup 2014: Jozy Altidore hasn't forgotten his Boca Raton roots

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Jozy Altidore has made a name for himself as a soccer player across the globe.

His journey to stardom started on the soccer fields of Boca Raton.

"We met at age 8 and played for six years until he was 14," said Anthony Olishar.

Olishar was one of Altidore's first teammates. They played for Boca Raton Juniors Soccer Club.

"He's always one to not give up, you know when we were losing he never panicked he always said, ‘I'm going to do it I'm going to score I'm going to win.’ "

Altidore left Boca Raton when he was a teenager to train for Team USA.

His family still lives there.

Altidore remembers his roots. He comes back to the area to hold soccer camps for local kids.

"I mean it's just good that someone in Boca can impact all around the world,” Olishar said.

Olishar is now a coach of the team where he and Altidore first met.

He teaches kids the game on the same field Altidore played on when he was their age.

He says the message to them is clear, "I tell them you guys have more opportunity than he had, he played here under the same conditions so you guys can do it too."
 

Visit the Boca Juniors official homepage here: brjsc.com .

Visit the official website of the Jozy Altidore Foundation here: jozyaltidorefoundation.org .

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