Second scholarship recipients are leaders on and off the field
US Youth Soccer players Nicholas Kolts, Brentwood, Tenn., and Rebecca Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga., are the second annual recipients of the US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarships. Both players have key roles on their soccer teams as well as in their communities.
The scholarships are awarded for post-secondary education. The two $1,000 scholarships are awarded based on community service, giving back to the game of soccer and to honor the memory of William J. "Billy" Goaziou for his outstanding services for soccer and US Youth Soccer. The scholarships are awarded annually through the US Youth Soccer Foundation to one male and one female recipient.
Nicholas Kolts was a Tennessee US Youth Soccer State Champion in 2003 and 2004 with the Brentwood Soccer Club. He also served as captain of the Brentwood High varsity soccer team in 2010 and won the high school national championship with the team in 2008. Kolts' success extends beyond the field as well. He has served as an officer in the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Commended Student this past year. Kolt finished in the top 10 percent of his class all four years of high school. In 2009, Kolts started his own community organization, Y.O.U. (Your Old Uniforms) to collect and distribute uniforms to needy children both locally and internationally. More than 2,500 uniforms have been collected to help involve children in soccer with the goal of providing a positive influence and motivational tool. The slogan is Y.O.U. Can Make a Difference
. Kolts is our second Goaziou scholarship recipient to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Payce Madden received the scholarship in 2009.
Rebecca Smith has balanced club soccer with the Gwinnett Soccer Association with varsity soccer at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga., working as a USSF Referee,
playing the flute in the district honor band and Symphonic Winds and placing first in the regional science fair the past two years. She spent two years researching ACL tears and her science project involved helping her fellow female athletes with this injury. Her in-depth research inspired her goal of earning her Ph.D. and M.D. and completing her medical research after undergraduate school. Smith is a National Honor Society member, has spent 11 years maintaining straight A's and graduated in the top 2 percent of her class. Smith gives back to her community working at Sheltering Arms, food drives, clothing drives, tutoring and volunteering at the Life Care Center. Smith is attending Wake Forrest University.
"US Youth Soccer strives to develop players' skills as well as their characters. Both Nicholas and Rebecca have taken the important life lessons that soccer offers its participants and given back to the game and their communities. US Youth Soccer is proud to remember Billy Goaziou by contributing to the lives of these young adults as they continue to succeed and move forward to college this fall," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer.
Goaziou was involved in soccer for more than 25 years as a coach and administrator. He served as treasurer of US Youth Soccer and the Florida Youth Soccer Association, as well as chairman of the US Youth Soccer Budget and US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Committees. In 1994, he took office as the U.S. Soccer Federation's treasurer and was re-elected four times (1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004). Beyond the soccer world, Goaziou served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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