In this week’s edition of Pure Game’s Field Champion Spotlight, we’d like you to meet our Curriculum Coordinator Elisa Gonzalez. Elisa joined the Pure Game staff after an internship with the organization, where she enjoyed making a positive impact in children’s lives, and that motivated her to continue her journey with the organization.
Get to know more about Elisa:
Pure Game: How did you get involved with Pure Game?
Elisa Gonzalez: I was finishing up my last semester in university and I needed an internship. My school was connected with Pure Game, so I met with the program director to set up times to shadow him and see if this internship would be a good fit. I loved the work they were doing, connecting with students and how they were making an impact in the students lives. I stayed and continued working with them!
PG: How has Pure Game helped you in your personal development?
EG: Pure Game has helped me define what I actually want to do in life. It has assured me that I do want to continue working with kids and inspire them to be the best versions they can be.
PG: What inspired you to join the Pure Game staff?
EG: I feel like I’ve always been a helper and known that I’ve wanted to work with kids, but never knew in what kind of way. When I finished my internship, I reflected on how the Field Champions built that connection with the students and how they became a mentor to them. I realized that I had started to become one of them. Working with students made me want to stay and try to make some sort of impact, even if it’s something small as encouraging students to believe in themselves that they are braver than they seem and smarter than they think. Also the working environment, staff members are great and we all have a same goal to be a positive role model to these kids.
PG: What school and how many schools do you service in Anaheim?
EG: Paul Revere Elementary, along with three other staff members. Also an after school program at Walter Elementary School.
PG: How would you describe the Pure Game in your own words?
EG: We are not only a sports organization, but we are an organization that is making an impact in children lives. We are positive role models who love to make a difference in children’s lives; who will be tomorrows future. We care, we mentor, and we support the students who are having a rough time in their life.
PG: What kind of ImpACT have you seen in the schools the Pure Game services?
EG: I’ve noticed that students have change their attitudes with their peers and teachers. They have become more socially aware and you can tell students are emotionally better than when they first came into our program. You can also see that students are having a great time in the program. We build that trust with our students by providing that safe and positive environment that they might not experiencing in their personal life.
PG: Why should people support Pure Games Programs?
EG: People should support Pure Game because we are more than just a sports program. We can, and we are, making a difference in children’s lives. We are those positive role models that some kids don’t have in their life. We help them believe in themselves and strive for a better life to make better choices.