Chevrolet has selected 10-year-old Oscar of Mexico to be the 11th member of the 2016 Chevrolet Mascots. The 11 members will get to participate as mascots at an upcoming Manchester United football (soccer!) match at the famed Old Trafford Stadium.
Oscar, the boy selected, was born with a rare hip condition that required two high-risk surgeries before the age of two. The family was told that Oscar would probably never walk or run like a normal child. However, after his brother Daniel was born, Oscar began to walk before expected, mirroring his brother’s movements.
“Through the years, we never gave Oscar special treatment,” his mother said. “Our boys grew up together, following the same direction and love for football. I think Oscar overcoming his disability was not a miracle but it was the passion, the perseverance and love for football that made the difference.”
Chevrolet surprised Oscar with the news while he was having dinner with his family and friends in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico. A surprise appearance was made by Fred the Red, who let Oscar know that he was the winner of Chevrolet’s Starting XI contest. The lucky Oscar also received a custom mascot jersey.
“Through the years, we’ve heard from our fans that they, too, would like an opportunity to join our squad,” said John Gasloli, Chevrolet Global Marketing. “This year, we evolved the program to invite parents and guardians to nominate a child to be our 11th Mascot. We are thrilled to have Oscar join this year’s Chevrolet Starting XI. His determination, perseverance and spirit are inspiring, and he embodies the positive impact playing football can have on one’s life.”