Not every 5th grade student can say they play soccer with the best of the best. But that is one of the achievements Scarlett DiGrazio, student at Sabold Elementary School, is most proud of. Scarlett has been selected to play for the Olympic Development Program Soccer Team, for players ranging from 5th to 7th grade. "It's not all about winning." Scarlett says. "We are more focused on getting better instead of winning games."
Scarlett's love for soccer started with playing for her hometown team, The Springfield Storm Chasers, who finished their 2018 season undefeated! For the past few years, Scarlett's parents would drop her off at different soccer camps and teams, where everyone was a stranger. Scarlett's mom says, "While the car ride there may be silent and I see her nerves trying to get the best of her, she always gets on the field determined and focused to be the best she can be at the sport she loves."
The ODP (Olympic Development Program) that Scarlett was chosen for, is a U13 team, which means players are 13 and under. While Scarlett normally plays for a U12, she made it through multiple tryouts to secure one of the only 24 spots on the team. Scarlett had to compete with over 80 other athletes, all a year older than she is.
"We were so proud when we heard she made ODP," Scarlett's mom says. "It is always great to see your child's hard work pay off. I love her hard-working, positive attitude and her grit." It's no surprise that Scarlett hopes to one day be on her favorite show, Survivor, outlast everyone, and bring home the million dollar prize!
Scarlett is a wonderful example of the grit and hard work it takes to reach your goals. With her determined and positive attitude, we know Scarlett will continue to have fun and accomplish whatever she puts her efforts toward!
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