Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month, 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
Willow from East Bank, W.Va.
Willow has always been very active in her community and has taken part in several volunteer and fundraising programs. She has raised over $1,200 in the past three years for Jump Rope for Hearts. Willow takes great pride in being a friend to her classmates and teammates. During her third year of daycare, she befriended a young girl that was legally blind. Her friend decided to play soccer, but only under the condition that she was on Willow’s team, and the two enjoyed the comradery that soccer offered. Willow has been very active in her church youth groups and has been attending AWANAS for four years. She enjoys school and has only missed one day in her first two years of her academic career. Willow is very excited about her education, as well as helping others.
Male Player of the Month
Nic from Woodinville, Wash.
Nic has been playing on the FCA A team for last seven years and has proven to be a leader. He is known for always remaining positive despite adversity and he is a great example of a well-balanced kid who has a love for the game of soccer. Off the field, Nic is an ‘A’ student who takes challenging courses at Inglemoor High School. Nic volunteers every summer for the Northshore Youth Soccer Association Camps, teaching kids ages 5-10 about soccer and helping them develop a love for the game. Despite being color blind, Nic continues to thrive on and off the field without focusing on any challenges it may cause.