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
Jaelyn from Henderson, Nev.
Jaelyn has played for Heat FC for several years and was an integral part of her team winning the past two US Youth Soccer Nevada State Cup titles and advancing to the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championship finals in New Mexico. She is a very unselfish player who not only scores goals, but leads her team in assists. Jaelyn is a technical player who is always looking for any opportunities to develop her game and work on her skills. In the classroom, she maintains a 4.0 GPA and carries a rigorous course load at her middle school. She is a member of student council and the Henderson Chapter of National Charity league in her spare time. In the past six months, she has acquired more than 40 community service hours for nine different philanthropies with an emphasis on those helping children with cancer, autism and cystic fibrosis. Jaelyn is always eager to give back to the community and is very motivated by doing the right thing at whatever cost.
Male Player of the Month
Devon from Lower Gwynedd, Pa.
Devon is captain of both his Montgomery United SC Under-17 team and his Wissahickon High School squad. He played on the US Youth Soccer ODP Eastern Pennsylvania and Region I teams and was an all-star at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Winter Interregional. In addition to playing, Devon is also a Grade 8 certified referee. Off the field, Devon holds a 3.77 GPA and scored 1950 on his SATs. He won the Union League Good Citizenship award and was named the Soccer-Suburban 1 Scholar Athlete, in addition to being a Student Council Senator and member of the National Honor Society, Distinguished Scholarship Roll and several other clubs. He is also a four-year varsity letter winner for his high school wrestling team and honored with the PIAA Wrestling State First-Team All-Academic Award. Devon has also collected soccer balls to send to Africa as part of the “Liberia Education Project,” in order to give more children a chance to play the game.