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Hawaii MVP: Shandon HopeauUPDATED 11:56 PM HST Jul 10, 2014Video Transcript
He just completed his sophomore year of high school at Kapolei... He was SECOND on the team with ELEVEN goals last season, Hurricanes making it to quarter-finals of the division-1 state soccer tournament. With the World Cup going on, soccer's HUGE right now, and his SPORT has presented him with a "Chance of a Lifetime" this summer. He's just one of THIRTY-SIX in the world, invited to participate in the "Real Madrid" SELECT training-program, in Spain, running August 17th through the 24th. Jahmai Webster, "kickin' it" tonight, with 15-year-old Shandon Hopeau, our "Hawaii MVP" this week. Ever since "hanabata days" Shandon Hopeau's Ever since "hanabata days" Shandon Hopeau's been kicking it. "HOW'D YOU PICK SOCCER? IT JUST CAME TO ME, WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID ALL I EVER WANTED TO DO WAS PLAY SOCCER AROUND THE HOUSE, I JUST THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT ME." Now the center of attention again with one of the worlds' most famous soccer clubs eyeing his talent, Shandon and his club soccer coach Marcus Chambers will take the nearly days journey for EIGHT days of training and evaluations with Real Madrid. "WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY, AND HOW HUGE THIS IS, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU TO JUST BE GIVEN THIS CHANCE? IT MEANS THAT I'M GETTING CLOSER TO MY DREAM TO BE A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, FOR ONE OF THE CLUBS THAT I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE ON." Progam's designed for top level youth soccer players, 36 in total, HALF will be Shandon's age... "YOUR ONE OF EIGHTEEN KIDS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD GIVEN THIS CHANCE...WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT DOES IT KINDA BLOW YOUR MIND A LITTLE BIT? YES ALOT....I FEEL LIKE THIS IS EVERY YOUNG PLAYERS SOCCER DREAM TO TRY OUT FOR ONE OF THESE AMAZING CLUBS AND I FEEL LIKE I'M VERY LUCKY I'VE BEEN CHOSEN TO BE THE ONE." That's the GOAL. "SHOT ON GOAL...AND A GOAL, WOW ...HOPEAU...A BLAST." If selected, he'll join the clubs soccer ACADEMY, means his fancy footwork will get world class refinement. So if, after he's chosen for the Academy he'll have to move to Madrid. His days spent training at the facility, schooling, and followed by MORE training he'd also be on a nutrition plan, living as if he were already on the club. It's a life he says would take adjusting too, but he's already got SOME of the tools. "HOW'S YOUR SPANISH? NOT LOOKING SO GOOD, I COULD DO GREETINGS BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT....HOW TO SAY HI, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? HOW DO YOU FEEL...I KNOW HOW TO SAY THEM...SCHOOL RELATED STUFF. WHAT ABOUT DO YOU WANNA PLAY SOCCER? NO, I DON'T KNOW THAT ... QUIERES JUGAR A FUTBOL? SI..." Shandon's espanol, may need "un poco de trabajo", a little work... But still, he's striking distance ahead of his class... "WHEN YOU LOOK AT HIM AND SEE THE POTENTIAL HE HAS TO MAKE THOSE STEPS TOWARDS HIS GOALS, HOW HIGH IS THE CEILING FOR HIM? I MEAN HE CAN GO ALL THE WAY, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS WORLD CUP THIS LAST WEEK, IN FOUR OR EIGHT YEARS WE MAYBE SEEING HIM WITH JURGEN KLINNSMANN WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM." "WHERE DO YOU WANNA TAKE IT AND HOW FAR DO YOU WANNA GO? AFTER HIGH SCHOOL SOME PEOPLE DREAM ABOUT BEING D1 SOCCER, BUT FOR ME RIGHT AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I JUST WANNA BE A STRAIGHT PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, I DON'T WANNA WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE...JUST MY DREAM COME TRUE." Shandon Hopeau, our "Hawaii MVP" this week. JW, KITV4 Sports. If any of YOU have ideas who we should feature as a Hawaii M-V-P, hit us up at K-I- T-V dot-com Shandon's itinerary during his 8-day stay in Spain, includes a tour of the "Real Madrid" club Stadium, and a guided tour of the city. "Real Madrid" by the way, one of the BEST soccer orginizations ANYWHERE, that's the team Christiano Ronaldo plays for, argueablly the BEST player in the world. A pesky bug infestation has one Oahu military base...