On Dec. 4, San Diego Surf Academy Boys Select 2003, coached by Beto Villela, won their division in the Southern California Developmental Soccer League post-season playoffs by a score of 1-0 on a goal by Travis Hackett – his first one since being diagnosed with leukemia in October 2014!
Travis missed most of the 2014-15 season, spending several months in and out of the hospital receiving chemo treatments. Surf held his place on his team and he was able to return in September 2015, playing 10-15 minutes at a time. He still gets chemo (treatment ends in February 2018), which inhibits his fitness somewhat, but he has worked hard to stay competitive. The championship-winning goal was a sweet and emotional moment for the team, which has been incredibly supportive, as has the Surf club and, of course, Coach Beto.
For a 2-minute video of the goal and post-match ceremony, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbn35cQ3aXk