Each month, US Youth Soccer will be recognizing one male and one female player 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
Madison from Melrose, Fla.
Madison is an exceptional athlete, student and member of her community. She finished her high school season, her fifth year playing varsity, as the top scorer in all of North Florida. For both her high school team and club, Clay County SC, Madison provides an example for her teammates with her commitment, effort, sportsmanship and team-first way she plays the game and practices with. She is currently a full-time dual-enrolled student maintaining a 4.4 GPA while still participating in Student Council, National Honor Society and Key Club. During the summer, Madison volunteers in teaching Vacation Bible School, during which she discovered her passion which is working with children. Madison has always wanted to become a physician and coupling that with working with children, her plan is to attend college and med school to become a pediatric oncologist.
Male Player of the Month
Zachary is a sophomore at Coral Reef Senior High School and is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. He is taking several AP and IB classes and has managed to keep a GPA above 3.8 while balancing demanding schoolwork with soccer. On the field, Zachary plays as a defender and defensive midfielder. He plays for Pinecrest Premier, which participated in the 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League
season, in addition to several other leagues. Zachary also plays defense for his high school team, which he helped to a district championship. In addition to school and soccer, he finds time to volunteer at his church's youth group for at least 4-6 hours per week. Whether it’s school, soccer or volunteering, Zachary maintains a good work ethic through whatever demands he meets.