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
Annemarie from Bellmore, N.Y.
Annemarie is a hard working and dedicated player who has been playing soccer since she was 4. She started as a freshman defender for her high school team, and helped her club team, South Merrick, capture the 2013 Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Premier League Championship. Annemarie is a team player who helps other to be at their best, and she also used the game of soccer to help causes outside of the sport. She and her soccer team collected toys, books, clothes and donations for Hurricane Sandy relief, and her high school team raised more than $1,200 for breast cancer awareness. In addition to soccer, Annemarie also plays lacrosse, volleyball and track and field.
Male Player of the Month
Zane from Riverside, Ca.
Zane plays for the Fullerton Rangers, who are competing in the US Youth Soccer National League, as well as the Poly High School varsity soccer team. He is valuable to both teams and provides a humble, unselfish and encouraging presence for his teammates. A reliable player who brings confidence to teammates, Zane has the ability to play wherever his coaches need him. Zane has taken it upon himself to perform his best in the classroom, and he finished his sophomore year with a 4.5 GPA before posting a 4.8 the first semester of his junior year. He is involved in the community and volunteers at other schools while providing great support for teammates, classmates and everyone around him.