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
Haven from Belgium, Wis.
Haven shines as an active team member for her Port Washington Soccer Club squad, and she has participated in US Youth Soccer ODP in Wisconsin. Her performance is just as bright in the classroom, where she is a high honor roll student who excels in all of her classes. Haven volunteers at her local nursing home — playing Bingo with several of the residents — and she also works with children with disabilities through TOPSoccer. Volunteering with TOPSoccer allows Haven to use her passion for soccer to help other kids have a chance to play while also developing her own leadership skills. She continues to work on her soccer skills and is motivated to succeed both athletically and academically while finding time to serve others in the community.
Male Player of the Month
Zachary from Camas, Wash.
Zach exhibited hard work and determination after not being chosen for the US Youth Soccer ODP Oregon program in 2011. Not only did he come back and earn a selection in 2012 and 2013, but he also worked hard enough to receive an invitation to the US Youth Soccer Region IV training camp in 2013 and 2014. Zach went on to play for the Region IV team at the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Winter Interregional and the Washington Youth Soccer Elite Player Development team at the 2015 US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships. When’s he’s not on the field, Zach has volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank and assists his club’s goalkeeper coach to help train younger players. Zach maintains a 4.0 GPA and has also received several student of the month nominations.