Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell speaks in a barn building behind the San Gregorio General Store. He plans on converting the space into a classroom for Project Play Soccer.

Mike Mitchell, the founder of Project Play Soccer who plans on opening a “soccer farm” in San Gregorio, describes his life as having three components: soccer, sobriety and spoons. “They’re all about playing,” he says. “Playing soccer, playing spoons as a musical instrument and learning to play and have fun without drinking.”

Mitchell believes few things can rival the universal appeal of playing soccer and music. Their value is clear, he says: “If a child can play he won’t fight. If a child can play he will have hope.”

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