Scoring goals after school

A.V. business owner helps create after-school soccer programs

By Davida Siwisa James
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Jose Palafox believes being successful should lead one to give back to the community. His company, Starfox Financial Services, LLC, donated nearly $8,000 to SoCal Rush Soccer Club. The nonprofit will manage a pilot after-school enrichment soccer program at Desert Knolls and Sandia Elementary schools. Palafox is the president of the soccer club.

“Rather than spread my money throughout different organizations again, this year I tried to concentrate on a couple,” Palafox said. “One of them was this after-school program. The other was the Victor Valley College Foundation.”

Realizing that schools have had to cut many programs, Palafox said he saw this as a way to help kids develop soccer skills and get more exercise.

Palafox gave $5,000 to the program. His colleagues Joseph Wessel and Kim Magana gave $2,500 and $250 respectively. St. Joseph Health, St. Mary has also pledged to contribute. The donations to SoCal Rush will allow the nonprofit soccer club to run the program.

Palafox credits Superintendent Tom Hoegerman and his staff from Apple Valley Unified School District for supporting the program.

“Our hope is to reach out to all the schools eventually,” said Palafox. “We want to get the programs going first, make sure they run well and ensure that our costs are in line.”

Enrollment notices will go out to parents in the coming week. Palafox expects the soccer program to last 45 minutes to an hour for approximately four to six weeks.

Donations to help support the program are welcomed and can be made at socalrush.org.