My name is Temesgen “TJ” Vreeman. My name is important because I was born in Ethiopia. I joined my American family when I was 5 years old. Now, I am 16 years old and a Junior attending Holland High School in Holland, MI, home to the famous Tulip Time Festival. As a freshman, I started on the JV soccer team and then played up to the varsity team. I was a mid-defense starter for both JV and Varsity and have been named team captain for my upcoming junior year. I received the All District Team most valuable defensive player award. I have also been training with the developing Tulip City semi-pro soccer team and I am the youngest on the team. I play and train year round and I was recently invited to join on Midwest United Academy team. Parents and coaches often compliment me on my sportsmanship, defensive skill, strong kick and lengthy throw ins.
I am an excellent student and take my education seriously. Currently I maintain a (unweighted) 4.23 GPA in the Advanced Placement/Honors tract. I have not decided on a major yet, but considering sports medicine, athletic training, or physical therapy. While I focus on school, I am also involved with running distance and school track, and have many friends that are important to me. I also actively participate in helping my community as a member of HYAC (Holland Youth Advisory Council).
I love giving back to the soccer community by volunteering as a youth coach for summer youth training camps. I am a certified referee for soccer u8-u19 and this really has given me a respect for referees. I have loved soccer since the time my parents handed me a ball in an Ethiopian orphanage when I was 4. I never want to put the ball down and now I send 10% of all the money I earn back to my family in Ethiopia so they can go to school and have a better life. I hope one day to have a career that allows me to give back even more to the country and community where I was born. I plan to consider colleges that are a good match for me both academically and athletically.
Thank you for taking your time to get to know me.