The Washington Premier Football Club Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Athena Student Athlete Scholarship Award. Each year, high school aged members of the club are encouraged to apply for the Award and a portion of the $5000.00 scholarship fund. The basis for determining the winners is a combination of community service, academic success and athletic prowess. This year, we are proud to announce that 4 student athletes will receive the award.
Cassidy Richmond. $2,000 Award. Cassidy, a 3.72 student from Tahoma HS, plans on taking her futball skills to Boise State University in the fall. Cassidy reflects back on her 8 years in the club and talks about hard work, dedication, long hours and time management. All things she feels will prepare her for the next step of fulfilling her dream of playing collegiate soccer. Additionally, Cassidy believes that WPFC has taught her the importance of giving back and participating in the community. Whether that meant working at the Maple Valley Community Center, tutoring fellow students in Spanish, raising money to build wells in Africa or being a counselor at a soccer camp, this National Honor Society member has taken it to heart and it shows.
Kelsey Witker. $1,700 Award. Kelsey also plans on attending Boise State University in the fall after completing a 7 year career at WPFC. Kelsey knows the value of patience and commitment. Spending 4 years on the “white” team, Kelsey worked tirelessly on her game and it paid off at U16 when she was invited to play on the ECNL squad. Over the next 2 seasons she continued to work hard and went from an ECNL newcomer to starter and finally a college bound scholarship athlete. Her work ethic is apparent to anyone that knows her and it shows. Her 3.84 GPA from Bellarmine Prep and National Honor Society membership are just a couple examples. Kelsey is a member of the Marybridge Childrens Hospital Board where she helps raise money to support the The Tree House, a place where families can stay when their sick child is at the hospital. Kelsey loves wearing the Black and White of WPFC and will miss being a part of the program. She hopes to come back some day at give back by coaching in the club.
Lauren Larson. $800 Award. Lauren, an 8 year member of WPFC, has learned that nothing is given to you in life. Hard work and effort are what she’s been taught at WPFC and through those attributes she’s turned into a fine athlete and young lady. This multisport athlete, from Curtis HS, carries a 3.54 GPA and mentions that WPFC, in addition to the above mentioned traits, has taught her to compete, be respectful and stay determined no matter what the circumstance. Lauren found that her athletic ability has transferred well into giving back to her community by helping out at tryouts to being a camp counselor. Lauren will be playing for Pacific Lutheran University.
Hanna Zielke. $500 Award. Hanna, also an 8 year member of WPFC, mentions how much she’s learned from the 5 coaches she’s had while playing for the club. Working together, communication, determination and good work ethic are all words Hanna uses to describe her experience at WPFC and her love for the game. Hanna speaks fondly of her WPFC “family” knowing that the club was always supportive, encouraged her to do her best, and challenged her to exceed her limits. The club goal of “Creating Champions on the field and in life” are evident in this soccer player that plans on taking her game to Pacific Lutheran University in the fall.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and to all the applicants that submitted applications to this year’s Athena Scholarship program.
The 2012-13 Athena partnership
Washington Premier F.C. and ATHENA® Strengthen their Alliance on the Road to the Cure for the third year in a row, WPFC and ATHENA are teaming to support breast cancer research, awareness and education.
The 2012-13 partnership:
1) Jersey Sponsorship - For the 2012/13 season, WPFC and ATHENA have taken our relationship to a new level. ATHENA is the “official” jersey sponsor for all 34 WPFC teams. Through this agreement, WPFC and ATHENA team up to promote the ATHENA brand and breast cancer awareness throughout the community, while providing a significant benefit to the club.
2) October 2012 “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” - The past two years WPFC GU10-GU18 wore pink ATHENA branded jerseys to raise awareness.This year the game balls used by all club teams in October will be pink.
3) ATHENA College Scholarship – the past two years 11 WPFC athletes, on their way to college, have received a share of $10k. Scholarships will once again be awarded in 2013.
4) Support of Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center - Through this partnership, and in collaboration with local businesses, WPFC has been able to donate over $20k each of the past two years to the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center.
Why is this partnership important to our community? The statistics tell the story. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers in women (about 28%) are breast cancer. In 2012 an estimated 230k new cases of invasive breast cancer and 57k of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. One in eight women will contract breast cancer in their life time.
This is not only a women’s health issue, about 2k new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men during 2012.
The positive news is breast cancer can be a highly curable disease if detected and treated early. In 2011, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
Washington Premier is proud to be a partner of ATHENA on the “Road to the Cure”.