For more than 25 years, Laureano Robles has been seen on the sidelines and on the soccer field, guiding young players through the mechanics of the sport and teaching them valuable lessons on how to be part of a team. That dedication to the community was rewarded in September with an official Hertiage Sign at Cicero’s Soccer Park at 19th and Laramie.
Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias and Trustee Victor Garcia, who served as the commemoration emcees, joined Trustees Bob Porod, Dennis Raleigh and Larry Banks to honor Robles’ work. The honoree was joined by his family, friends, and current and former soccer players.
“It is hard to not hear of the accomplishment Laureano has had while coaching Tigres de Cicero,” Punzo-Arias said. “He has been instrumental in the lives of so many of our youth and, now, adults. This honor is well deserved.”
Robles founded the Tigres de Cicero soccer club in 2001 and has coached players of all ages in the town. On July 9, 2016, Robles earned the prestigious “Balón de Oro,” or Golden Ball, by the Mexican Federation of Association Football at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Los Angeles. This special recognition, a first by the association, honored his efforts to integrate children into the sport and away from street gangs.