On Nov. 27, Peyton Sefick opened an eagerly awaited e-mail from the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) that included a list of 12 names.
At first glance, Sefick worried his name was not there. He nervously scanned the list again. When he saw his name at the bottom, he was ecstatic.
"It felt amazing. It was one of the happiest moments of my life so far," Sefick said.
The e-mail was the final list of members on the United States Power Soccer national team.
Out of 150 applicants, Sefick was one of 20 athletes invited to the USPSA national team selection camp in Indianapolis. Out of the 20 players at the camp, Head Coach Chris Finn selected 12 to represent the United States in the world's most competitive power soccer tournament, the FIPFA World Cup. Those 12 included Sefick.
The location of the tournament has not yet been decided, but the three most rumored locations have been Paris, South Africa and Indianapolis.
Sefick is an alumnus of C.W. Baker High school. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, he was a member of the boys' varsity soccer team in Baldwinsville, which won two sectional championships and a regional championship. Sefick is currently a student at Le Moyne College where he is studying psychology.
Sefick's girlfriend, Katie Dickey, a student at Arizona State University from Indianapolis, is also a member of the U.S. National Team and will participate alongside Sefick in the World Cup. The two athletes met each other through power soccer.
To stay in shape and prepare his skills for the world cup, Sefick has been following the weekly skill and workout packets that his national team coaches have sent him. His inspiration for competing in the Power Soccer World Cup is knowing that the U.S. won the last Power Soccer World Cup in 2007 against France, and also the tremendous amount of pride it would bring his family, country and home community to bring back another World Cup championship.
The CNY Family Sports Centre is proudly sponsoring Sefick on his trip to the Power Soccer World Cup in 2011. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring Sefick on his trip, contact his father, Jim Sefick, at 345-1941.
Congratulations, Peyton and good luck - we are all proud of you.
Jon Ramin of CNY Family Sports Centre, left, and Peyton Sefick.