THE CATE SCHOOL’S EMA BOATENG NAMED
GATORADE NATIONAL BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Former U.S. National Team Star and Gatorade Michigan Boys Soccer Player of the Year Alexi Lalas Surprises Standout with Elite Honor
Native Ghanaian Ema Boateng of the Cate School in Carpinteria, California was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year during a press conference held at the Cate School on 17th May. Former U.S. National Team Star and former Gatorade Michigan Boys Soccer Player of the Year Alexi Lalas surprised him with the award during class.
Ema Boateng (2011-12 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year)
- Scored 32 goals and passed for 19 assists this season
- Led the Rams to a 20-2-1 record and the CIF-Southern Section Division VII tournament championship this past season
- Was a repeat selection as the Southern Section Division VII Player of the Year
- Concluded his prep soccer career with 79 goals and 49 assists
- Two-time Division VII First Team All-State honoree
- Maintains a 3.75 GPA in the classroom
- Signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the UC Santa Barbara this fall
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. In addition to athletic excellence, the award recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.
This year celebrates the program’s 27th anniversary. In that time, Gatorade has honored more than 11,000 State Players of the Year and 234 National Players of the Year, including many of today’s top professional athletes, such as Peyton Manning, Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker, Kerri Walsh, Derek Jeter, and Emmitt Smith. For more information, visit www.playeroftheyear.gatorade.com
Watch the video Ema Boateng being honoured below: