At 23, Bradenton native Braden Chandler already boasts a 10-year career centered on his passion—soccer. After working as an equipment manager with two Major League Soccer franchises and the under-17 men’s national team, he returned home in 2007 to get married and start his own company: Big Kick Indoor Soccer off Whitfield Avenue. In business just eight months, the Lakewood Ranch grad oversees six full-time employees, four part-time referees and six adult soccer leagues totaling more than 50 teams—plus a children’s development program with nearly 100 kids under the age of nine, and soccer camps “whenever kids are out of school.” What drives him? “Seeing people’s faces when they come off the field, seeing kids have an awesome time—just making people happy.”
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