SAN ANTONIO - A retired military member who runs a youth soccer club faces thousands of dollars in losses after vandals destroy his property.
Anthony Hoffman and his wife Lorena operate Alien Sports San Antonio, a club for kids 3 to 16 years of age. A year ago, the couple began construction of sports fields on the property at 12275 Potranco Rd. They built five soccer fields of various sizes for different age groups and were working on the parking lot and a fully functional bathroom. The couple spends any extra money and time on improving the fields.
"I'm retired military and I work full time. Every paycheck, this is where our money's been going. We initially started out with a $38,000 budget for everything and we're more than three times into it right now," Anthony said. "We're here because my kids love soccer and we saw how much it changed their lives to have mom and dad out there working with them, watching them play. It's matured them and, not only that, it's developed their character."
The couple said that the club is to help kids in the community stay safe, active, and healthy. Their goal is to make sure every child is included.
"Basically, we subsidize where a lot of people can't afford to even pay the low prices that we charge for registration," Anthony said.
"We're so happy that we see all these people coming back and play here," Lorena said.
Around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the Hoffmans said that firefighters responded to the club's location. A trailer that was sitting in the parking lot was in the process of getting modified into a bathroom.
Anthony said someone purposely lit the trailer on fire.
The Hoffmans had been saving money and working on it for more than a year. They poured about $13,000 into the renovations. The bathroom was mere days away from being completed.
"The inside was luxury. Pink for the girls, green for the boys," Anthony described. "The kids, especially the 3-years-old, are afraid to go into the porta potties with this heat. They're like ovens."
"We've been really working hard on this for the kids,” Lorena said through tears. “And, I'm sorry, to find out this, that evil people are there, instead of helping and doing bad things to us, hurts me a lot.”
If you are interested in helping the Hoffman's, call 210-778-4871.
Congratulations to the 2017 Spring Soccer Season Combine winners:
6 to 8 age group:
First Place: Levi Matson (Dragons)
Second Place: Jedediah Kennedy (Wizards)
Third Place: Gustavo Acevedo (Wizards)
9 to 11 age group:
First Place: Paiton Cantu (Raptors)
Second Place: Natasha Alarcon (Predators)
Third Place: Brynlee Lloyd (Aliens)
12 to 16 age group:
First Place: Robert Hadson (Monarchs)
Second Place: Ben Hoffman (Fuego)
Third Place: Alden Womack (Fuego)
Please come this Saturday May 20th, to the fields to pick up your trophy between 9:00 am and 11:00am. Thank you
Alien Sports San Antonio is a non-profit organization created to engage youth ages 3 to 16 and their parents in sports programs conducive to a healthy lifestyle in a safe environment free of discrimination. We are currently hosting a co-ed developmental & recreational soccer program dedicated toward instilling the skill-set for children to compete at varsity level and beyond. We offer Goalie clinics, Striker clinics and Seasonal Soccer camps.
We are located on the far NW side of Bexar County just 1.6 miles outside Loop 1604 on Potranco road. All practices are held on site and games are played within our league only. Future plans include the addition of flag football and basketball programs.