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 Chesapeake, Va.
Ava has continuously sought to improve herself and those on her team—both on and off the pitch. Starting her seventh year of playing soccer, she recently made the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Virginia team, while playing club soccer year-round and middle school field hockey. She is a dominant goalkeeper whose confidence and tenacious spirit has allowed her to be a leader for her travel team, Arsenal FC. Off the soccer field, Ava maintains a 3.7 GPA in honors classes, and she volunteers her time at the local animal shelters. She plans to play collegiate soccer and study neonatal nursing.
Male Player of the Month
Andrew from Rineyville, Ky.
Andrew is a perfect example of a student-athlete, and his hard work has paid off as he recently signed to play soccer at the University of Cincinnati. His soccer experience includes training last summer with the U23 Columbus Crew team and traveling to Holland with his US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program team. In his four years of high school soccer, Andrew accumulated 151 goals and 77 assists. Andrew has received numerous awards, including Kentucky Youth Soccer Player of the Year, and was named to the all-district, all-area and all-state teams multiple times. On the academic side, Andrew has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has worked with the Special Olympics as a basketball referee and regional coordinator, and he is also a peer mentor who assists with special needs students.