Riccardo Barbarossa: Sports led to new friends

Italian student Riccardo Barbarossa has taken part in cross country, basketball, track and tennis. His true passion, though, is soccer and he's now coaching a team of first and second graders for the Iola Recreation Department.



March 18, 2021 - 9:53 AM

The Splechter family, with Riccardo Barbarossa in front. From left, Kinsey, Erin, Kaden, Alana, Reed and Michael. Photo by Vickie Moss

Riccardo Barbarossa is a fan of football. At least that’s what they call it in most parts of the world, including his home country of Italy. In America, it’s soccer.

But now that he’s adapted to the American way of life, Riccardo has been able to enjoy both kinds of football.

Read Riccardo’s first interview here.

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