If you can dream it, you can achieve it. This was the mentality of LVSA 03 Silver, better known as the "Little Giants." Short in stature, but with a heart of a lion. On July 17, 2017, the Little Giants won their first U.S. Youth National Premier League Championship in Indiana and became the first boys' team to win a national title for Nevada. The Little Giants quest for championships had begun. A year later, July 29, 2018 in Dallas, TX against all odds they won the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship, and they entered an elite level no other Nevada team had ever achieved. For a moment time stood still, tears rolled down their cheeks, with exhausted bodies and the adrenaline of a win they searched of their parents in the crowd to embrace in a hug. They had done the impossible! The arduous journey had ended, or so we thought; in their hearts they knew the dream was only beginning.
LVSA Silver 03 "Little Giants" were not supposed to win the U.S. NPL National Championship, or U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship, far less attempt to win it once more. After all, they were an underprivileged team with few resources and a very small community of soccer players in comparison to power states, such as California and Arizona. The Little Giants had to embrace their souls with the will to win!
On July 23, 2019, in Kansas, they raised the Championship trophy once more. As we know, 2020 became the year of Covid-19 and all the tournaments were canceled. The Little Giants never gave up on the dream of earning a fourth consecutive championship. As 2021 came around, challenges arose. Silver 03 lost their coach for 6 months, they had unimaginable injuries, but the Little Giants never gave up, and managed to make it to the final once more.
I wish I could tell you they won, and that they had the perfect Disney ending, but what I can tell you is that every second on the field they gave nothing but their best effort despite being injured and hurting. The Little Giants lost 2-1. Tears flooded their faces, and it was not because they lost, it was because they knew as they stepped out of the field the brotherhood would be no more, as each had different college paths. If you ask me what made them magnificent? I would definitively say their faith in God, humbleness, dedication and willingness to embrace adversity. They created a legacy, now it's time for other young Nevadans to take the baton and dream.
We are Nevada, we are LVSA Silver 03.
- Ari Sirvent, Parent