As we all know, the former England captain, David Beckham, retired from professional soccer in 2013, but what many people don’t know is that it was only to take on a bigger project. At a press conference on February 5, 2014, Beckham announced his plans for a new MLS team in Miami, and his hopes of it being done by 2017.
Have you heard the saying “Once a soccer player, always a soccer player”? I haven’t, but it definitely fits David Beckham’s story perfectly. Although currently retired, he has proved to everyone that his soccer career didn’t end there. After two incredible decades of amazing soccer, Beckham decided to take a step back from playing the game to better yet manage it. It’s been rumored that the name of his team will be “Miami Beckham United”, and that it will be affiliated with the University of Miami, though it is not confirmed. Regardless of the name or location, the point is that Beckham is doing his thing and is doing it BIG. You don’t wake up every day and find out that an amazing soccer player decides to create his own soccer team and build a brand new stadium for it. YOU GO BECKS!
For many years now, he has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a non-profit organization that works to provide assistance for children and mothers in developing countries around the world. Beckham has visited many developing countries around the world such as Cambodia, Philippines, among others, with the purpose of reaching out to the less fortunate. To prove that his goodwill has no limits, this past February, to mark his 10th year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, they came together to launch a groundbreaking initiative, 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, to protect millions of children around the world from danger. This new project, “7” , is David’s personal commitment over the next decade to helping the world’s most vulnerable children. Through the project, Beckham will use his powerful global voice, influence, and connections to raise vital funds and encourage world leaders to create lasting positive change for children. (Learn more at http://www.unicef.org)
We all have that one person who we look up to. Whether it’s a celebrity, a family member or a loved one passed away, we see them as more than an average person. Many people look up to celebrities but most of the time it’s for different reasons. David Beckham is not only one of my favorite soccer players, but my role model. Unlike most teenage girls, I do not idolize him because of his looks, I idolize him because I see what others don’t take the time to see. I see past his physical appearance, I see his values, the kind of human he is on the inside, regardless of what may seem on the outside. Now his looks, his looks are just a bonus :)
In my opinion, Beckham is by far one of the most inspiring soccer players that have existed in the history of soccer. What sets him apart from everyone else is that unlike other recognized figures, he uses his fame for good, and I love that about him. He is such an example for me and my future. I admire his work, on and off the field. His passion for helping others is so big that I would never doubt that his intentions are true and genuine. All his accomplishments as both a soccer player and an individual are what makes me look up to him the most. Knowing that despite the obstacles that he had to face throughout his career, he never gave up, gives me courage to follow my dreams no matter what obstacles life throws in my way.