U14 Girls ODP Player Maya Naimoli Shares Experience With Classmates

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U14 Olympic Development Program goalkeeper Maya Naimoli has had a pretty good spring. She recently won the U14 Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup with her club team, Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa Swarm. She also earned a unique honor from her school.

Maya's school administrator's asked her to speak to the student body about her experiences in ODP. She is the only student who has completed such a presentation, which mimics TED Talks.

In a letter to US Youth Soccer, Maya's parents, Mike and Sam, wrote the following:

Maya had a very clear vision for her talk and what messages she wanted to convey when she sat down to put the presentation together. She poured through the journals that she kept during events and pulled out quotes, anecdotes and lessons learned that she thought applied to everyone… athlete or not. If you [ODP coaches] felt a disturbance in the force on a recent Monday, chances are that it was because Maya was channeling each of you at some point in her talk! We thought that [you coaches] might like to know that what you say and what you model for these kids absolutely sinks in.

Congratulations Maya, and thank you for representing Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer so well!