WILMINGTON – A standout member of the Wilmington Hammerheads Youth Football Club (WHYFC) will get an opportunity to participate in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Olympic Development Camp. This comes just weeks after Carson Porter, executive director of WHYFC, elaborated on the organization’s bright future following a string of successes at the Disney World Soccer Showcase.
Noel “Weazy” King, a member of the WHYFC 2003 White Team, was one of three girls from North Carolina to receive an invite to the camp scheduled January 26-31, in Phoenix, Ariz. The five-day camp will be run by 20 US National Team staff coaches from around the country.
“One of our goals as a club is to give our players the tools, the coaching, and the platform to reach the highest levels of the game,” Porter said. “Weazy’s invitation to this National Team ID event is great for Weazy and great for our club.
“All of the credit first goes to Weazy and the work that she has put into her game, but her teammates, her coaches and the professional environment that we are trying to create at WHYFC every single day are also things that have helped her.”
More than 200 top athletes have been selected from King’s age group to represent each of the four US Youth Soccer Regions. The Girls National Training Camp highlights the players’ individual talents, while providing them new tools and ideas through challenging daytime training and small-sided games.
Players were chosen based on open tryouts held in nearly every state. They were evaluated on four components, including technique, tactics, fitness and athletic ability and psychological component (attitude).
“We also believe personal qualities that it takes to be a good soccer player are also qualities that these kids need for the rest of their lives,” Porter added. “Weazy is a good example of this. She is one of the most dedicated players in our club, and knows that nothing comes without hard work. She is a wonderful teammate, and realizes when her teammates are doing well she is doing well. She is very coachable, and knows that her coach and all of the coaches in her club are there to help her.
“These are all great qualities to take into any environment for the rest of her life, which brings us back to the club’s goal of ‘developing character through soccer.'”