My full name is Saribel Barrera. You pronounce it with the Latin accent. You got to roll your tongue for my last name. But I know not everyone can do that, so I also accept the “american” way. I also go by Sari, it’s sort of short for Saribel.
I was born in Chicago, IL to Mexican immigrant parents (now citizens due to my brother’s association with the U.S. army). I’ve lived on the south side of Chicago (Roseland) all my life. I have two brothers and one sister and sometimes they look like the smartest people to me, lol.
I play various sports like soccer, softball, BASKETBALL , flag football, etc. I am soccer captain for the “Lady Challengers,” in other words for Carver Military Academy’s WL Varsity Soccer. My team made it to regionals then went on to State but unfortunately lost. I’ve been playing soccer for almost all my life but stopped due to reasons. Something unique about how I live is that it’s very unusual for me to be doing things like various sports, going to boot camp and going out of State for opportunities like these, because I break all the stereotypes that have been put on First Generation Mexican American Women.
Where I live there are 4 rows of blocks that’s strictly Hispanic people and crossing a bridge breaks a barrier. Where I live there’s not too many teenagers that are school focused but I am because my family is very conservative and take their education very seriously and because my parents left everything behind for my siblings and I to have a chance at the American Success Dream. That’s my life so far !!
We followed up with Saribel during the Games to hear about her experience in real time. Here’s what she had to say!