The majority of our members are Latino. We also have kids from various races, such as Blacks, Asians, Caucasians, and Middle Eastern. Around 18% of our members are female, with almost all of our girls playing in the competitive component of our club. A special emphasis is placed on attracting LGBTQIA youth, along with kids with disabilities and those from foster care.
Our Director of Coaching, Mark Cisneros, is a local teacher and high school soccer coach. As a result, he works closely with local police and probation officers to keep tabs on at-risk youth that are interested in sports. In an effort to help kids, he volunteers at the Salinas Juvenile Hall, reading to kids and motivating them to lead healthier lifestyles.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCC had over 200 members, playing on eight different recreational and competitive teams, participating and training at David Cutino Park in Seaside, California. Despite the pandemic, the Condors continue to have a major impact on the local district and regional area. Currently, over 56, boys and girls are registered on the Organized Recreation Cohorts.
“Placement” is also not an issue, as we recognized that some members tend to be more advanced in skill than others. As a result, we have multiple levels of participation, including recreational soccer for four and five-year-old boys and girls, leading all the way up to recreational and competitive soccer for high school-aged members. We are proud to be able to serve such a broad spectrum of kids in our communities. As we stated before, the majority of our members come from predominantly Latino backgrounds, approximately 85% and a large portion of this percentage are low-income, with jobs centered in agriculture, hospitality, construction, landscaping, and the service industry.
Our recreational and competitive programs do not place restrictions on kids with academic, social, or legal issues. In fact, we welcome these kids, as we believe our programs, through soccer, help engage kids and lead them towards more positive paths. Maintaining solid academic standing is highly encouraged, and those struggling with school can receive help, either directly through the Condors or through local school districts. Financial scholarships and assistance are available to families in such need.
Director of coaching
Graduated from CSU Fullerton with a BA in English and from CSU Los Angeles with a Master’s Degree in English. Cisneros plays an important role in defining and monitoring the coaching sessions and players’ development. Cisneros regularly evaluates coaches to ensure they are leading sessions effectively.
Founder & Executive Officer
Graduated from Hartnell Community College with an AA in Business Administration and from CSU Monterey Bay with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Pulido is responsible for the internal operations of the club from hiring new staff to run financial reports.
Graduated from Taft Community College with an AA in Psychology and from CSU Monterey Bay with a BA in Psychology. Now, Santiago is persuading his Masters of Arts in Sport Psychology at John F. Kennedy University. At Monterey Condors Club Rogelio works with the DOC to implement the youth development for all the members in the recreational and competitive program.
Experience in public accounting for over 13 years, encompassing all phases of integrated and financial statements audits of U.S. public and private companies including non-profit organizations. Bertolucci’s roles in the organization are to provide financial aid for the underserved youth and oversee the soccer programs.