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RGV athletes taking it to another level

The World of Sports

Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, the home where mutants from the movie X-Men would train, and Idea Toros Academy have at least one gifted child with common characteristics — he's called “Beast.”

My coach gave me that name,” said 14-year-old Diego Rosas, who plays forward for the Idea Toros team, when he's not in class of course. “I like it.” In school, one would never guess he has all those “powers.” See him on the soccer field and one quickly understands the moniker; “Beast” plays with unrelenting aggression.

The Idea Toros Academy in Edinburg is part of Idea Schools, partnering with the RGV Toros professional soccer team. The school maintains the standards of its other campuses, but also trains students to enhance their soccer skills. Rosas takes five classes, school ends at 2:30 p.m. and then it's two hours of practice daily.



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