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
Olivia from Surprise, Ariz.
Olivia has been playing soccer for nine years, and often plays as a defender who is happiest when preventing a goal rather than scoring one. She recently earned the sportsmanship award at a tournament, and she makes sure each of her teammates enjoys the game. Off the field, Olivia volunteers often as a member of the National Junior Honor Society, as well as with her church nursery each weekend and with the Reading Buddies program at her school. She also recently volunteered at the 2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships as field monitor. After moving to Arizona from California, Olivia handled the adjustment well and has balanced playing with her new soccer club with achieving honor roll grades in school. She is an example of a well-rounded student-athlete who works hard on and off the field.
Male Player of the Month
Henry from Hendersonville, Tenn.
In school, Henry is a straight-A student, an eigth grade class representative and a member of the Honor Society. He is on the math team and was selected to play in the top tier mid-state honor band. In the community, Henry helps teach a third grade Sunday School class and spends his summers and spring breaks serving others on mission trips. On the field, Henry is playing his first year with Tennessee United SC as a goalkeeper who leads by example and does whatever it takes to make a save. Henry has also been a certified referee for three years, which has helped him understand the game better while playing. His knowledge and leadership lead his teammates to trust him when calling out direction during play. He is a humble person and good teammate who makes an impact on and off the field.