Since childhood, Alex Perdomo has been taught the importance of giving back to his community. However, five years ago when he began serving as a volunteer youth soccer coach at the Optimist Club of West Kendall, he never imagined all the personal reward he would get in return for his service.
To date, Perdomo has logged more than 500 volunteer hours on and off the soccer field. From organizing practices and scrimmages to coordinating with team parents and making sure the kids have snacks, he does it all for his teams.
Perdomo, a Miami-based employee of Florida Power & Light Company, has enriched the lives of hundreds of local youth. That’s why he has been named FPL’s 2010 “Volunteer of the Year.”
The Optimist Club of West Kendall, the largest recreational program of its kind in Miami-Dade County, is staffed by volunteers who are members of the community. Perdomo has been volunteering for the past five years, coaching two soccer teams during back-to-back seasons. He is so well-known and loved by the kids, he is the most-requested coach in the league.
Starting out as a soccer novice, Perdomo initially had to learn how to play the game. Eventually, he took on more teams, allowing the program to expand and more children to be exposed to the joys of soccer, teamwork and other valuable life skills. His philosophy is simple — learn the game of soccer by being a team player and having fun. He celebrates big plays, wins and even losses, anything to encourage the kids to get out there and have a good time.
He not only volunteers his time but also buys many of the teams’ supplies, cones, soccer balls and snacks out of his own pocket. As a lifelong volunteer for various organizations including the local Kiwanis Club and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity he said, “If everyone gave a little, the world would be a greater place.”
During a luncheon at FPL’s Miami headquarters on Sept. 13, Perdomo was honored for his efforts with the 2010 “FPL Volunteer of the Year” award.