In many countries around the world, the sport of soccer is viewed more as a religion than just a game. For one Fresno native, the love for soccer has improved lives both on and off the field.

Fresno's Andrew Campbell has an interesting take on the sport of soccer. For him, it's not just a sport. "I love the game so much. It's a lifestyle. It's fun. It's something I love doing and I will always love doing it."

The 2008 Clovis West graduate keeps busy with the beautiful game. When he's not earning All-American honors at Fresno City College, he's playing for the Fresno Fuego. "Things went really well. After my first year I just thought why not go out and give the Fresno Fuego a shot. And it worked out."

The General Manager of the Fresno Fuego, Jeremy Schultz said, "Andrew is a guy that always comes through for you. He's what we call somebody that has a great engine. Can get up and down the field all day long for the full 90 minutes. Comes through with goals when they are needed."

And when he's not playing, he's coaching 50 yards away from his grandfather as the seventh grade coach at Kastner Intermediate School.

A pair of standout seasons at FCC combined with a 3.2 GPA in classes at Fresno State has earned Campbell a scholarship to Cal Poly to play soccer for the Mustangs in the fall.

"If possible I'm hoping to continue playing and play at the highest level I can. And just really see where that takes me."

Quite a feat for a standout cross country runner at Clovis West who was headed to U.C. Davis to run, before fate intervened in the form of a torn meniscus.

"I tore my meniscus. It was a pretty tough surgery. I was out for two months probably. It made me rethink running. I just really didn't enjoy it the same way I used to. And it was really then that I started thinking about soccer again."

The community of Fresno couldn't have been more lucky to have one of their own come back, and give back.

"It's fun. I mean, playing in front of thousands of people at Chukchansi Stadium. It's just a great experience to play in front of my whole family. They come out to every game. It's just a great experience all the way around."

A professional athlete, a role model, and a Fresno product at its best.

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