High school is an exciting time for 16-year-old Edwin-as he proudly shares his favorite part of being on campus. “I like being on the football team,” the sophomore says, breaking out a big smile. “Football has been my favorite sport since I was four.” Being a member of the football team means long days that have Edwin leaving for school at 6:30 a.m. and returning home 12 hours later. But, the hours of practice after school are worth it, says Edwin, who admits to harboring dreams of being in the NFL.
If a career as a professional football player doesn’t come to pass, Edwin says he would like to be an automotive mechanic. His passion for cars was sparked by the movies in the The Fast and The Furious franchise. And that passion was flamed during a recent visit to the Martin Auto Museum in north Phoenix, a collection of more than 60 rare automobiles ranging from a 1915 Ford Model T to Edwin’s favorite, a 1965 Shelby AC Cobra.
Edwin also likes to draw with pencils, trying to capture the world in black and white and gray. While the goal is to find Edwin an adoptive family, finding a loving foster family would be a good interim step. Edwin says he would like a forever family with a mom and dad. Having a brother or two would be nice, too, he says. “I just want a forever family that will care,” he says.
Edwin was born in 2002.