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
Cassidy from Norfolk, Va.
Cassidy is a straight-A student with a great passion for soccer. She chooses to give up Christmas and birthday presents to instead participate in soccer training. Last year, she donated all of her birthday money to her soccer club to help sponsor another child and give them the gift of soccer. Cassidy also volunteers to help train children in the community to help them learn the basic skills and gain a love of soccer. On the field, she scored 49 goals to go with nine assists and has recently began participating in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. In school, Cassidy has perfect attendance and has received multiple academic awards.
Male Player of the Month
Biren loves soccer, and his passion shows on the field during his play. He shows great teamwork and sportsmanship, constantly praising and supporting his teammates. He even willingly wrote a letter of recommendation for his teammate and friend for college. He has logged more than 195 hours of community service, and he helps translate for younger players as part of the Sierra Club and Refugee Youth Project. He has success in the classroom while taking advanced placement classes and is the co-founder of “Experiment Club.” The biggest obstacle in itself is the same of all of our players in Soccer Without Borders (SWB). As a refugee from Nepal, Biren has faced several obstacles along the way but has proven to be a strong student-athlete.