Meet our athletes! All residents of the Hogar Abierto, we can attest that these three kids are passionate, hard-working, and more than deserving of a little cash to pursue their dreams of competing for Guatemala internationally. To them, we give an exuberant shout out!
Josefa is thirteen and a competitive race-walker. Originally from Xecam (a satellite of Quetzaltenango), Josefa moved to the Hogar two years ago when her family was unable to pay for her continuing education. She recently placed second in a national competition in the 400m race-walking event and her dream is to one day represent Guatemala in the Olympics. She would also like to attend university for business administration.
Maricela is sixteen and a competitive track runner. Her family’s home was destroyed by Hurricane Mich and, like Josefa, Maricela and her sister moved to the Hogar from the small town of Xetinamit when her family could no longer pay for their education. Beyond competitions and the hope of one day representing Guatemala internationally, Maricela wants to pursue her passion for running and exercise by studying physical education.
Domingo is sixteen and has been living in the Hogar since he was seven. As a competitive runner, he has his own coach, trains six days a week, and takes yoga classes five days a week. Domingo recently went to Guatemala Nationals, placing third in the 1500m event and first in the 3000 event. He studies accounting and he hopes to compete in the Central American Games and the Olympics.