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
Ashton from Gilbert, Ariz.
Despite two recent hospitalizations, Ashton helped lead her team to the championship game in two consecutive tournaments. She continues to work on developing her game as a goalkeeper and is a vocal leader who displays good sportsmanship. Teachers say similar things about Ashton’s character in the classroom, calling her a role model for her peers. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and carried a 3.9 GPA in all gifted classes. She also participates in regular community service and he been recognized for assistance to the East Valley Child Crisis Center. Ashton offers free babysitting to families in the community with special needs children, and she ran on a Relay For Life team in May to raise money for cancer patients. Her passion for the game of soccer and for her community is both respectable and admired by those around her.
Male Player of the Month
Kyle strives for excellence in everything he does, whether it’s in soccer or in school. He has been a starter for Sun Valley High School’s varsity soccer team the past two years, and is a solid defender and leader for his school, as well as his WCWAA club team. He is determined off the field and has worked hard to earn a 3.8 GPA while taking mostly honors classes. He has also donated time to raise money for the local Red Cross by volunteering to help with the American Red Cross Fashion + Passion Show. Kyle has worked on two playground builds for local schools with his father and volunteered as a coach and mentor for some of his club’s younger players during a skills night to help them improve their game.