I've been playing soccer since I was 5. I started in Rec soccer, with my Dad as my coach, of The Cherry Bombs! My Dad played soccer in High School, in College and on a Jr. National Team. He instilled a love of the game in me that has only grown as I've gotten older. Several years ago, we watched a move called "If I stay" where the main character plays the cello. She decided, that above all else, she would pursue her love of playing and try to audition for Julliard. Ever since then, before games, my Dad would always say to me, "Play your cello Sam!". While this may seem strange to say to a soccer player, I know exactly what he means.
I am currently a Freshman in the IB Programme at Walter M Williams High School in Burington, NC and l and am excited to try out for my school team. It's always so exciting playing in front of my classmates, but playing for my club is where my heart is. That is where I've been able to grow as a player after leaving my dad as a coach. I am currently on the the NC Fusion Elite team and play out of Greensboro, NC & Winston-Salem, NC but hope to advance to the ECNL team.
It has always been my goal to continue to grow as a person and a player through my time on the field. Not only do I hope to continue through High School, but in college as well. Soccer has become a part of my every day life and something I hope to continue as long as I can. Along with soccer, of course, I'm considering several different options to study including pre-med as I am interested in Sports Medicine.
I have a very unique background academically. Since I was in Kindergarten, I was in a Spanish Immersion program. This means that I was taught all my subjects 100% in Spanish. We were not allowed to speak English. In middle school I continued with the program to include 2 classes per day that were taught in only Spanish. I will continue studying Spanish in High School and possibly add another language. I am now fluent in Spanish and I feel this will be huge asset to me throughout my life. During the summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to a small village in Peru, Moyobama, as part of a student exchange through my church. I stayed with a host family and attended the Annie Soper School for a month. It was an amazing experience. I was the youngest student to participate in this program at my church.
Several years ago, as my family and I were helping at our local homeless shelter, we were very shocked at the fact that people who were preparing to shower at the shelter were being handed a dollop of shaving cream in one hand and a squirt of shampoo in the other. We found this to be very humiliating for those at the shelter. After giving it some thought and knowing that my dad (for work) and my family do a lot of traveling, we decided to come up with a solution to this problem. We founded a charity called Road Warrior Guardians. We ask people to collect their individually packaged hygiene items from their hotel stays and donate them to their local shelter. You can read more about it at http://roadwarriorguardian.com/blog/.
I'm also a student in the IB Programme at my school. With Spanish Immersion, already having studied abroad, the IB Programe and my success on the field, I have a lot to offer the college I attend. I am very excited to continue my studies, as well as soccer!