ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Lindsey Martinez thought she was just going to dinner with her mom.
Instead the shy 9-year-old girl walked into a room filled with TV cameras, friends and family quickly learning she’d won the experience of a lifetime.
“When I walked her in here she was still shaking, like literally shaking,” said Jackie Martinez, Lindsey’s mom.
“I think she’s probably still in shock,” said John Medina, Lindsey’s soccer coach. “She doesn’t realize how big of a deal it is.”
What’s the big deal?
In less than a month, Lindsey and her mom will be on a plane bound for Brazil, headed for the World Cup.
She won’t just be there to watch. Lindsey has a starring role waiting for her.
Lindsey is one of 26 US children to win McDonald’s Player Escort sweepstakes.
It means when Team USA takes the field against Portugal in Manaus, Brazil in front of 42,000 screaming fans, Lindsey will be at the center of it all holding hands with one of the players.
It’s one of the great soccer traditions around the world. Lindsey gets to escort a Team USA player out of the tunnel and stand with them during the national anthem.
“I hope we see her on TV over there,” Medina said. “That would be great.”
“It’s something she’s going to treasure for the rest of her life that’s all I can tell you,” Jackie Martinez said.
Lindsey’s mom said when she first got the phone call telling her that her daughter won the contest she thought it was a prank or a scam. It isn’t and she now says it’s a “dream come true” for her and her daughter.