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
Makena from Meridian, Idaho
Makena is a humble and hardworking soccer player, who is passionate about the game and in helping others to succeed on and off the field. She plays competitive soccer year-round on her club team, and was recently selected to practice in the state pool in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. In the classroom, Makena maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She has been involved in various community fundraising campaigns, and plays the violin in her school orchestra. Her passion for the game, and caring nature to always put others before herself makes Makena a great person and teammate on and off the field.
Male Player of the Month
Charlie from Park City, Utah
In school, Charlie maintains a 3.95 GPA and was elected by his peers last year to serve on the student council. He was also recently inducted into his school’s National Junior Honor Society. He is a member of the Real Salt Lake U12 Academy team that earned a first-place finish in the US Youth Soccer Dessert Premier League this April, and Charlie led the league with 11 goals. Charlie competed in the 2015 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Boise, Idaho last month. Off the field, he recently completed a spring service project, coaching free soccer clinic for kids in his community.