El Paso Locomotive FC forward, Omar Salgado, was honored today at his former elementary and middle school, St. Joseph’s. “This is the school in El Paso where I spent most of my time. It is special for me to be here and I have so many memories that were created here,” said Salgado at the special ceremony in the newly renamed Omar Salgado Gymnasium.
The ceremony kicked off with St. Joseph’s Principal Ms. Hernandez taking center stage in the packed gymnasium. “Omar is an Eagle and graduated in the class of 2008. He is determined to succeed in all that he does, Omar is relentless and fierce. He is smart and creative and is an example of strength and tenacity. Omar is a powerhouse Locomotive,” said Hernandez.
After a roaring applause from the gym floor and bleachers, Salgado took his place. “Every memory I have of this school is a happy one. This school shaped me into the man I am today. It gave me the morals and values that I keep with me to this day,” said Salgado in front of friends, family, students and faculty. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that this gym would be named after me. It truly is an honor and I would like to extend my thanks to all of St. Joseph’s.”
After his speech Salgado spoke about his career and answered questions from children in kindergarten through eighth grade. He told them what it was like playing in Mexico, what it means to play for his hometown team, and he offered them advice on achieving their dream.
The golden plaque hangs caddy corner to the front door of the Omar Salgado Gymnasium, reminding all who walk in what hard work and determination can accomplish. “I was once sitting there where you all are now, and I am here to tell you that anything is possible,” said Salgado.