Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month, presented by Olive Garden, whose accomplishments on and off the field stick out among the rest.
The players who are selected will represent a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Examples of these athletes' characteristics include:
- Impactful or notable in-game performance
- Displays good sportsmanship and the promotion of teamwork
- Community service
- Superior academic achievement
- Overcoming personal obstacles
While great performances in the game of soccer are appreciated, it's important to note that accomplishments off the field are valued just as much as those achieved on the field.
This month's honorees are...
Female Player of the Month
Nadia from Fort Wayne, Ind.
After being born with a form of Cerebral palsy, which required numerous surgeries, Nadia has overcome the odds to play soccer. Being able to run and play at the highest levels of competition shows her determination and will to succeed. Nadia was named co-captain of her club team last season, and received the defensive MVP award this season from her high school coach. Nadia knows what it takes to be more than a player, and she displays hard work and determination during practice, workouts and while training on her own. Last year Nadia created more than 100 hand-crafted bracelets that she sold around her community and school to raise money for clean water efforts in Sierra Leone in West Africa. She serves regularly at Community Harvest Food Bank of North East Indiana, and is a volunteer Kidzone leader in her local church on a weekly basis
Male Player of the Month
Kyle from Fayetteville, Ga.
Kyle plays club soccer for AFC Lightning, is a member of the US Youth Soccer ODP Region III team, and led his high school varsity soccer team in scoring as a freshman. He is a humble who player who loves the game and has never complained while overcoming Celiac Disease, which makes traveling difficult. Kyle excels in the classroom, as he has compiled a 4.0 GPA with straight-As in several Advanced Placement and gifted courses — earning him a place on the school’s high honor roll during his freshman year. He is also a BETA club member, a part of his school’s academic team and Science Olympiad team, and he serves the community through work at the elementary school. Whether on the field or in the classroom, Kyle exhibits great character and makes others around him better players and classmates.