In January, Highland senior Abbey Wills '18 earned United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer) TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award. Abbey was recognized as the East Region's award winner before being selected for the national prize at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held on January 20 in Philadelphia.
"When I found out that I was selected for this honor I was really surprised," Abbey said. "There are so many great volunteers in the whole organization that are integral to the program."
Abbey has been involved in TOPSoccer through Virginia Soccer Association (VSA) for the past five years. She is a Nationally Certified TOPSoccer coach, is an active fundraiser for the organization, and is involved with service organizations around Highland. She even got all her teammates on the varsity soccer team to volunteer with TOPSoccer as well!
To top it all off, Abbey is a fantastic student and athlete. Her GPA is 4.5 (she's currently ranked #2 in her class). She's earned national medals in English, Latin, Spanish and Etymology. She is also captain of the girls varsity tennis team.
"It is an honor to have been selected but I am also proud of every volunteer we have in our program," she stated. "TOPSoccer would not be possible without all our combined efforts."
Here is a gallery of images of Abbey receiving her award at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala held January 20, 2018 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Interested in learning more about TOPSoccer? Check out this great video from US Youth Soccer. Congratulations Abbey!