Writer Tom Scanlon
Photography by raphotos.com
“Sure, Sarge,” they would say, rolling their eyes. “It could happen, sure.”
And they would nudge each other, laugh and wink – whispering, “And my boy is going to fly to Mars!”
Ever since little George Malki started kicking a soccer ball around, his father Sarge would marvel at his natural skills, and tell his family and friends: “Look at Georgie – he’s going to be a pro some day!”
Sarge recalls, “Even when he was 6 years old, I told everybody Georgie would play professional. Everybody laughed at me.”
The laughter slowed down, once George Malki started making youth national teams, then when he led Pinnacle High to two state championships and was an all-American, then when he was granted a soccer scholarship at Cal Poly.
The laughter started again in January. This time it wasn’t mocking laughter, but peals of joy.
Little Georgie has grown up and gone pro.
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