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February 5, 2015 06:10 PM

The ODP Spirit Award has been awarded to one male and one female for the last seven years to honor three players that left our world too soon. Those players were Carley Dickard, Allison Lardin, and Chris Akunda. This year’s nominees had many great qualities and the selection was extremely difficult for the awards committee.

The Spirit Award winners must show great attitudes both on and off the field of play.  These players must be good leaders as well as young people that make an impact on those around them. The award recipients must also be a good student at their respective schools. These players are always non-high school players and must be active in the Olympic Development Program for the season they are being nominated for.

This year’s winners are Ryan Hague and Cameron Northern.  Both of these players have contributed not only to their ODP teams but to their club teams and community as well. 

Ryan’s coach, Chris Bennett describes him as “one of the most passionate, coachable, dedicated and competitive student athletes I have seen in 10 years of coaching youth and collegiate soccer.”
Ryan is also viewed by his numerous coaches and his teammates as a leader both on and off the field.  He is a great big brother to his sister Ellie and is always willing to support her as she grows in her soccer career.

Cameron’s coaches believe she is a positive, hard-working player who is always willing to listen to new ideas and improve herself. Cameron also works on her skills when she is not at training.
Cameron has also raised money for an outreach program she holds dear; Nyaka Aids Orphan Project. She has worked from an early age to help the Nyaka School which provides free education, food and healthcare to children that have lost their parents to AIDS.

Indiana Soccer Olympic Development Program was pleased to award Ryan and Cameron the award this year at the Annual Awards Gala for their dedication both on and off the field of soccer.