The stallion graduate gives back to the team
For the Madera stand
Members of the Madera South Stallions junior varsity and varsity boys football teams show off the new warm-up jerseys they received thanks to a donation from Come Up Kickz and owner Abraham Vasquez, a former Stallions football player.
The entrepreneur finds success locally, nationally
When Abraham Vasquez graduated from Madera South High School in 2019, one of his goals was to open his own business.
Vasquez established this goal while playing soccer at Simpson University. He opened his store, Come Up Kickz (26063 Ave 17) on September 5 and saw his customer base increase.
“It’s been very consistent,” said Vasquez, a Stallions football star. “We don’t just sell to Madera. We sell out of state. Our online sales are where the money is. If we sell a shoe here for $ 300, we can sell it there for $ 350.
“There are a lot of people who still don’t know we’re here,” said Vasquez’s cousin Herlindo Moreno, who runs the store’s day-to-day operations. “This is mainly because not everyone has social media or uses it as a platform. It’s about reaching people on different platforms.
“Every day we gain customers on our social media platforms,” Vasquez said. “It’s about how we promote our business. At the moment, we are working on Google. Advertising and promotion are essential in business.
Since opening his store, Vasquez has contacted the Stallion boys’ soccer team and approached them for a sponsorship. He donated warm-up jerseys to the interuniversity and junior teams.
“It has done my heart good,” Vasquez said. “This feeling is like a dream to give back. We try to motivate young people and motivate the community that if we can do it, anyone can do it. We are only Madera children who are on the Come Up.
“I want to tell the kids that anything can happen. It doesn’t matter where you are from. I grew up here. Thank goodness I was brought up by good coaches in high school. Disciplining and listening to my elders were some of the things I learned. This is just the beginning. We’re just trying to establish ourselves, support the community, and be there for Madera.
Vasquez sold shoes in high school to earn money and get around.
“I did this with my cousin as a side activity,” he said. “This is where I would get my money for gasoline. After I graduated from college, I realized that I could really make money. I could sell two or three pairs and make $ 100. Soon it became more and more. My cousin and I thought about making it more serious. We both took it seriously. Since then, things have been going well. “
It was when Vasquez’s mother complained about having boxes of shoes all over the house that Vasquez thought of opening a storefront.
“We opened the storefront with our own money,” he said. “We did it by grabbing pairs of shoes and turning them over. It has become our passion. Our love was the shoe game.
In addition to selling shoes, Come Up Kickz also sells a Viciouz clothing brand, which is owned by Vasquez’s brother, Jaime.
“It’s growing faster than our brand,” Vasquez said.
It also sells Come Up Kickz products like shirts and sweatshirts, as well as baseball caps and beanies. Not only does his store sell shoes for the regular customer, but he also carries a variety of Nike shoes for infants.
“It’s great to be a business owner,” Vasquez said. “I’m majoring in business and two years away from my bachelor’s degree. It’s incredible. It’s a dream I don’t want to wake up from. My goal was to get my baccalaureate. If things work out, why not try to get my masters degree and try to be awesome instead of being good.
However, Vasquez’s message to footballers when presenting the jerseys was that anything is possible.
“Anyone can do it as long as you stay motivated and focused,” he said.
Vasquez will be heading to Redding this month to play for Simpson University, while his cousin will continue to run the store.
The duo came up with the name of their store after brainstorming.
“One day we were sitting there thinking about the names we wanted on our store front. We had three names, ”Moreno said.
“What ended was we were with a rapper from Merced,” Vasquez said. “We were chilling with him. We asked him our name and he liked Come Up Kickz.
Moreno said he liked the name because they were two kids from the industry.
“He thought it was Come Up Kids, but it was Come Up Kickz. Since then, everything’s been fine,” Vasquez said. “Every day I try to learn more. let’s try to learn from our mistakes.