Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month with the Clif Kid Raise the Bar Award. Clif Kid will provide each recipient with a prize pack featuring Clif bars, apparel, a $25 gift card and more!
The players who are selected will represent a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship. Examples of these 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. Nominate a player today!
This month's honorees are...
Female Player of the Month
Emily from Waterford, Conn.
Emily is an active soccer player with Southeast Soccer Club and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program in Connecticut. She volunteers with Connecticut Special Olympics, fostering the love of soccer with this group of individuals and helping foster interest in soccer with the local Special Olympics chapter. Emily is also active in her school as a mentor in the Wingman program, which helps prevent bullying and encourages students to get along with those around them. In the summer, Emily volunteers for six weeks in local elementary classrooms with special needs children and is an excellent peer role model. In addition, Emily is an active club lacrosse player, enjoys volleyball and stays active in her church.
Male Player of the Month
Dominiq from Kentwood, Mich.
Dominiq is an exceptional student athlete, an amazing teammate and a remarkable individual. He works hard during practice with Michigan Fire Juniors, not only to improve his personal skills, but to also improve as a teammate. Currently, he is a regular starter on his team and is just as happy to assist a teammate as he is to score himself, and he never leaves a practice without thanking his coach and shaking his hand. When he’s not at practice, or doing homework, he’s in the weight room, at the track or working out at home. Dominiq’s grades are impeccable, yet he strives to do more, learn more and is constantly pushing himself. None of this, in and of itself, is outstanding when comparing him to like-minded athletes. However, Dominq does all of this while battling fatigue, symptoms and treatment that come with having both Crohn’s disease and colitis. He would be the first to tell you, “I don’t suffer from IBD. It’s what I have, but it’s not who I am.” His attitude is always positive and is rooted in faith. He treats teachers, fellow students, teammates, coaches and referees with respect and has been commended for it on numerous occasions.