International School of Indiana’s Lower School Physical Education teacher Mr. Willian Fajardo, has been recognized for his significant contribution to the Hispanic community in Indianapolis and central Indiana. Mr. Fajardo was named “Campeón de la Comunidad” at Indy Eleven’s Hispanic Heritage Night on September 5, 2018, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Mr. Fajardo has been a teacher at ISI for sixteen years. Since joining the ISI faculty in 2002 he has made an impact on students and parents alike. Inspired by Mr. Fajardo’s willingness to go beyond the call of duty ISI parent Rich Bonaccorsi nominated him for this honor.
In his nomination for Mr. Fajardo, Bonaccorsi wrote,
Willian Fajardo retired from professional soccer in El Salvador – where he captained several teams such as Club Deportivo Dragon and Quezaltepeque and coached at the local, state and national levels. He trained numerous athletes who became professional soccer players. Willian decided to come to the USA to give his family a better life. Having settled in Indianapolis in 2001, Willian has served since on faculty at the International School of Indiana where he brings his global mindset, service orientation, and cultural expertise to mentor and teach children of many nationalities.
Willian’s influence is felt throughout Indiana. He was instrumental in the formation of Hispanic youth soccer leagues in Indiana. These are leagues that make a high quality of soccer available and affordable to the Hispanic Community. Currently, he gives his time as coach and referee for La Liga Latina de Futbol Soccer Indianapolis. Among his many contributions, he recently brought together U10 players from Carmel FC with his Liga teams as they trained and played soccer, uniting athletes who otherwise may not have ever met.
He has long been known and respected for having coached and inspired youth soccer players of low economic resources in El Salvador through a school he founded. This meant providing food and necessary sports equipment for his players. In his role, he led teams that advanced from local to city and even to the national championship. To this day, Willian continues to connect and inspire citizens of Indiana with his service to athletes in El Salvador. Through his school in El Salvador, Willian – along with his son and cousin (a retired FIFA referee coach in El Salvador), the trio provides soccer equipment to El Salvador youth soccer teams, making a remarkable impact on the trajectory of many youths facing challenging circumstances. In November, they will be traveling to El Salvador to deliver equipment and jerseys to the soccer school.
Willian, his wife Victoria, and three children all reside in Indianapolis.
I provide my unwavering nomination of Willian for Community Champion. He represents the best and ‘Orgullo’ of Indiana. I salute Indy Eleven for recognizing such champions of the Hispanic Community!
The International School of Indiana congratulates Mr. Fajardo for this most deserved recognition. He exemplifies our school’s aim to develop internationally-minded people with a commitment to service, who act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. We are grateful for the meaningful work he does to ensure not only ISI students but also youth in central Indiana and El Salvador are ready for the world stage.