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
Ava from St. Louis, Mo.
Ava is an active soccer player with the Lou Fusz Soccer Club and has played in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. Ava is a leader on as well as off the field. Her accomplishments off the field have shown true leadership on how to balance sports with academics. Not only was she nominated by her teachers to receive her school’s Knights of the Roundtable Award for outstanding academics, she also received both the Excalibur Award for educational commitment and Student of the Month for her positive attitude in school. Ava Strives to be a leader on both of her Lou Fusz soccer teams and believes you are only as good as the players around you. She has contributed to both of her teams, finishing with a combined 20 wins and zero losses. Through the years, her coaches have always acknowledged that she is a true leader in the sense that she strives to set the highest standard and encourages everyone around her to put forth their best effort and positive attitude. Ava’s teammates nicknamed her “Smiley” when she joined, and it has stuck with her for her positive attitude towards life. While Ava is a great leader, she is also very humble about her accomplishments.
Male Player of the Month
Joshua from Meriden, Conn.
Joshua is a quiet, consistent and strong player that embodies the quintessential teammate and student athlete. He always treats teachers, fellow students, teammates, coaches and referees with respect. When he isn’t playing, Joshua is volunteering for Meriden Soccer Club. He spends his free time fundraising, lining fields or running the concession stand. Academically, he is a model student. Joshua is a perennial fixture on the Honor Roll and was recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. He possesses an amazing sense of community. He volunteers each summer at camps for autistic children. Joshua actively serves in his church and is an active part of a family that founded and operates an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He independently organizes fundraisers to benefit the orphanage, and he enjoys trips to Haiti to serve at the orphanage in which he uses soccer to connect with the kids.