December 6, 2020

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Rogersville foreign exchange scholar travels 5,000 miles from Italy to perform American soccer

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (KY3) – To accomplish a desire, can take sacrifices. For 1 high school football player in Rogersville, his dream took him 5,000 miles away from his residence.

His title is Francesco Pellecchi, and he is from Italy. One of the main factors he decided to develop into a overseas exchange college student in The united states was to participate in football.

“I have some Americans friends in Italy and they started out introducing me to football, seeing some NFL video games.” claimed Pellecchi. He  straight away fell in appreciate with the video game and understood he had to perform it.”

The major activity in Italy is soccer. Anyone performs soccer,” Pellecchi included.

“There is like a person soccer crew for every metropolis, or some not. We try out to enjoy with what we have.”

He was equipped to engage in one year of football in Italy, but thanks to deficiency of fascination and players, the video games are seven-on-seven. But Francesco preferred to enjoy the genuine American football.

“Everyone stated arrive on, we are in Italy, it is difficult.” Pellecchi remembered.

He desired to come to be a foreign exchange scholar and finished up pairing with a family in Rogersville.

“When he initial walked in the doorway the very first day you could explain to he was incredibly nervous,” said Rogersville football coach Mark Talbert. “He stepped in and began to master the video game and you could see every single week he obtained extra and extra self-assured and he started to have much more good results.”

Francesco identified a position on the defense and exclusive teams. He claims his teammates took him in like an aged close friend.

“I think about them my second relatives,” Francesco said. “Everytime I fall short or do anything mistaken, they do not scream at me, they chat to me and tell me how to do it greater.”

“You want to see a exercise go crazy, when Francesco will come up with a big enjoy on scout team, our youngsters go nuts for him,” Talbert discussed. “I know a several of our little ones have manufactured a lifelong pal in him.”

“Everybody states he did it, he is there, he is taking part in, he went for his desire and he does it,” said Francesco with a smile. “I came below to participate in soccer and most people is hyped for me due to the fact they see me joyful.”

Francesco is hoping to occur back to America to go to school.

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