The Josh Rojas Used Soccer Equipment Drive ran from May, 2006 until June, 2016. It was created by Katrina Rojas the year after Joshua passed away. Both Katrina and Josh played in the travel program for Irondequoit Soccer Club, near Rochester, NY. Joshua was actually at travel practice when he passed away on the field in April, 2005.
To say that the game of soccer was important to our family, would be a huge understatement. Not only did the beautiful game give us years of fun, sportsmanship and challenge, it also helped us to continue to function as a family in the days/months right after Josh's death. We didn't go on vacations, we went to travel tournaments every summer instead. Pat coaching and Katrina playing for nearly her entire life thus far. We wouldn't change a moment of it. The support from this community helped sustain us in our darkest hours.
Katrina is now grown and lives across the country in Tacoma, Washington, but soccer remains a family bonding experience even now. We have been known to drive 22+ hours just to see the US Women's Soccer team play a World Cup game in Winipeg, Manitoba ;) Now that Katrina has moved away, we felt that it is time to bring the drive to it's natural end.
On July 1, 2016 we donated the rest of our donations again to the ROC E6 summer camp/program and to the PUC Achieve Charter School, in Rochester, NY. Visit www.roce6.com for more information. This camp holds a special place in our hearts because Arkee Allen was Josh's pee-wee wrestling coach and Katrina's mentor over the years. Thanks to this amazing community's generosity, we donated approximately: 70 soccer balls; 250 soccer jerseys/T-shirts/polos; 50 pairs soccer shorts; 150 pairs of soccer socks; 10 pairs of shin guards; 50 pairs of soccer cleats; 6 backpacks; 20 sweatshirts; and a few pieces of LAX equipment, as well.