Christian Guzman, 20, has been passionate about the sport of wallball since he was 13 years old. He says the competitive nature of the game has prepared him to overcome many obstacles as a U.S. Marine.

Since a very young age Christian has been an ambitious student in school, work and in sports which has had a tremendous influence on him to do his best in anything he wants to achieve. After graduating high school in 2016, Christian trained every day to become a candidate in the U.S. Marine boot camp. When asked why he wanted to be in the Marines, Christian says “I want to attend college as a business major but I did not want my mom to take out a loan or have the financial burden to pay for my college tuition.”

On January 17th, 2017 Christian left for boot camp and graduated 13 weeks after making him a qualified and official U.S. Marine. On the very first day of boot camp and throughout the Marines challenged his mental and physical abilities. “It has helped me develop more discipline, helped me with problem solving, get things done faster and be more efficient. When I returned home I realized my training has also helped to develop my self-confidence which has also improved my wallball game on the court.”

When asked what advice he would give to his peers, Christian said “stay strong and focused in order to achieve anything you put your mind to.”