Like most passionate athletes, West Ashley High School soccer standout Julio Islas has been playing the sport he loves his entire life. When he was younger, his dad was a part of a soccer team and would take Islas with him to his games so he could watch his dad’s team and play with them during their practices. From the very first moment he saw the game played, Islas’ lifestyle was defined. Soccer had become a very big part of it and it becomes even more important the more he plays. “Julio is an important part of our team,” says WAHS Coach Stephen Jackson. “His teamwork and dedication to the game make his a great example for his teammates.”
Having moved with his family to the United States at the age of 6, Islas says that learning the culture and the language was the hardest part. However, soccer has helped him learn to lead, work with others, and communicate with others. To Islas, soccer is “not just a sport, it’s a way of life.”
Not only is Islas skilled with his feet, he’s also skilled with his hands, as Islas aspires to become a chef. After graduating from high school, he plans to attend Johnson & Wales University and major in Culinary and Business Management. As a senior, Islas was made captain this past season and plays on the team with his uncle, both of which are the same age.

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