Lawton Resident Cheers on His Grandson in the World Cup

By Jessica Bruno

Published 07/01 2014 05:25PM

Updated 07/01 2014 11:02PM

People all over the country cheered on the U.S. Men's soccer team today in the World Cup game against Belgium, and one proud grandfather cheered on someone very special today at his apartment in Lawton.

Bill Elliot is the proud grandfather of U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski, or "Wondo" as they call him.

From his apartment in Lawton he cheered on his grandson who kicked his first soccer ball at 2 years old.

"He was born with just really a drive and a love for sports," Elliot says. 

His grandfather has not only been cheering Wondo on over the past few weeks of the World Cup, but his whole life.

Elliot says it all started at an early age.

"He also was an organizer. If he was out in the street with a bunch of kids and within five minutes he would have them divided into teams and they were competing," Elliot says.

Chris grew up in California and after his family moved to Lawton, he went on to play for Chico State in Northern California where he made All American and most valuable player.

Soon after graduating he landed a spot on the Houston Dynamos.

And after he was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes and then his grandfather says it's all history from there. 

Not only is he representing his country playing in the World Cup, but also his Kiowa tribe, which his family takes great pride in.

Elliot says he could not be any prouder of how his grandson is honoring his country and his tribe.

"Of course you kind of live your fantasy through your grand kids." Elliot says.

The final score was 2-1 with Belgium taking the win. Before the end of the game, Elliot said whether win or lose he could not be more proud of his grand son.

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