By Chris Bavender
Four players from Noblesville United Soccer Club received the Steven Sizemore Mental Attitude Award. The award honors a longtime former club player who died at a young age. Sizemore was known for his exceptional attitude, dedication to the sport and his team and his work ethic.
“Although he passed away far too young at the age of 20, his passion and sportsmanship (is) something that young athletes aspire to,” said Abigail Donofrio, NUSC board member. “Because of this and its lasting impact on those he has played with, the NUSC, together with his family, created the Steven Sizemore Award.”
Each season, coaches are asked to name a player who exemplifies each of Sizemore’s traits.
“It’s prestigious because it’s symbolic of all that is positive in a person, and being a recipient means you’ve made a difference to the team, the club and the community,” Donfrio said.
This year’s recipients are Owen Davis, Sonia Perez, Kolden Schlotter and Taylor Thompson.
“The Steven Sizemore award, for me, is an award from the family whose son is a symbol to others of great sportsmanship: an outgoing, hardworking player and teammate with a positive attitude and who loves what they want. font, ”said Thompson, a junior at Noblesville High School said. “I am extremely grateful to have received this award and to extend my thanks to the Sizemore family.”
Perez was also honored to receive the award.
“I try to behave on the soccer field the same way I do in real life and try to lead by example,” said Perez, an eighth-grade student at Our Catholic School. Lady of Grace. “I try to be the best player and teammate possible. I have been very fortunate to have great coaches since I started playing soccer and I am also very grateful to all the friends I have made.
Davis said football is the “best game out there”. Davis also won the award in 2019.
“Football gives every player the opportunity, no matter what position you play, to shine,” said Davis, a senior at Noblesville high school. “No matter how many games I play, no matter the weather, I always end up saying to myself, ‘This game wasn’t long enough, how come the time is up already?'”
Donofrio said the winners excel on the pitch, but balance sport and other activities.
“Learning to create a balance is something everyone will have to do their whole life, and it’s not always easy, so we really want to spotlight the club members who have found a way to do it for the inspiration, “she said.
“It’s hard for any teenager to balance time between football, school and friends,” said Schlotter, a senior at Noblesville high school. “I make sure I put school first and include friends in my activities so that I can help find a balance in life. “
To learn more about the award, visit noblesvilleunited.com/steven-sizemore/.