Iraq war veteran, Mathieu DePaula, began coaching in one of North Miami’s toughest areas in 2008. DePaula began coaching to make a difference in his community. He wanted to break the stigma that success doesn’t come from the inner city; and to also contribute to the success of the youth.
Every week day morning after his night shift job, DePaula personally picks up each athlete from their home and head to the local high school gym for practice. Over the Summer DePaula and his co- coach JP have worked hard to create a strong support system and prepare the young athletes for the upcoming season.