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
Anna Maria from Middletown, Del.
Anna Maria is a goalkeeper who plays in a competitive Under-11 league. On the field, she is a constant voice of positive leadership and encouragement for her team. Anna Maria has not only been complimented as a skilled goalkeeper from opponents, but she’s also been acknowledged by others for her leadership and sportsmanship by opposing coaches and parents. Anna Maria is just as hard of a worker off the field, as she is an honor roll student and active volunteer. This past holiday season, she raised money and collected toys to produce more than 100 Jared Boxes for children who were hospitalized with cancer during the holidays, and she placed an encouraging phrase on every box with decoration. She is already preparing for the 2013 holiday season and hopes to have 200 boxes filled with toys for children of all ages and each gender.
Male Player of the Month
Cameron is a player with a great attitude and big heart. He was selected for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program tournament pool for North Carolina in 2012 and is in the pool once again in 2013. He’s the leader of his club team and also a strong runner, as he finished ninth overall in his first 5K race a year ago. Cameron is a determined student, and he realizes the importance of education and hard work. Though he’s in sixth grade, he already has his sights set on college and realizes the importance of a scholarship, whether it’s earned on the field or in the classroom. Because of that fact, Cameron maintains a strong work ethic in both areas, while remaining a thoughtful and considerate teammate and classmate to his peers.