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.
This Month's Honorees
Katie from Fenton, Mo.
A member of Sporting JB Marine, Katie never gives up and does not want to disappoint her coaches or teammates. Katie cheers on her teammates, helps lead them and always puts them first, all while playing her position (center back) at 110%. As a team player, Katie will play any position that her coach needs her to play. Katie was chosen by her teammates to represent them in an All-Star weekend for a Sporting Affiliate event in Kansas City, which shows how much her leadership, effort, skill and selflessness are recognized. She also plays on the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Missouri team as a defender. Katie is a straight A student with all honors classes. She volunteers at school as a Falcon Flyer and is on the tech crew for the school play.
Nicolas (Ken) from Lehi, Utah
Nicolas (Ken) has been playing competitive soccer since he was nine years old. Soccer is his passion, and when he's not playing for his team, you can find him in the backyard with his sister for hours, playing with his soccer ball. Not only does he play with La Roca FC, but Nicolas has also participated in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) for the last four years. Recently, he was named to the 2003 All-Star team at the 2017 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional, and he also traveled to Costa Rica to represent the ODP West team. His unforgettable experience was when he was invited to the U-14 U.S. Boys National Team camp last year. In order to help his parents pay for his tournaments, he started working as a youth soccer referee when he was 12, and he also coached soccer to younger kids for extra money. Nicolas really believes that hard work and dedication are the keys for everything. He maintains a 4.0 GPA, takes several honors classes and speaks three languages.