River Ridge senior Harpal Sagoo was recognized for not only his skills on the soccer field, but for what he does in the community.
Sagoo was recently named the Georgia Soccer’s TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year.
TOPSoccer — The Outreach Program for Soccer — is a community-based training program designed to reach and meet the needs of children ages 4-19 with physical and/or mental disabilities.
According to the TOPSoccer website, the program “caters to player development rather than competition” and moves special-needs children off the sidelines and onto the field. The goal is to promote being part of a team, improving self-esteem and fitness and having fun.
Sagoo was surprised by winning the award.
“My coach just nominated me for the award and I had no idea,” he said. “I am humbled that I was considered for such a prestigious honor, though, and I am really excited that I won it. It means a lot.”
Sagoo said he enjoys helping out, and he showed his dedication as the only teenager on the fields with TOPSoccer each Sunday. Sagoo said he takes pride in seeing the progress the children with their skills made each week, and the smiles on their faces was the best part of all.
River Ridge guidance counselor Jeff Bennett praised Sagoo’s work.
“Harpal has really stepped up the past two years with the program,” Bennett said. “Harpal coordinates games, smiles, gives high-fives, and the kids love him. Harpal works 10 weeks in the fall and spring, and he will come help set up and warm-up while helping clean and putting away equipment as well.”
River Ridge principal Dan Herring said Sagoo is a great role model.
“Harpal is an excellent student and is a strong academic leader by being involved in the community like TOPSoccer,” Herring said. “Many of our students help in the area, but Harpal is very faithful in being a partner with the organization. He is an outstanding young man with a very bright future ahead of him.”
River Ridge boys soccer coach Terry Strassner said Sagoo was a very worthy recipient of the award.
“Harpal has been a varsity goalie since his sophomore year,” Strassner said. “I have also had him as a student, where he has consistently had the highest averages in the classes. Harpal is a leader in the classroom and on the field, and I, as well as everyone else, has been fortunate to have him a part of their life.”
Sagoo will be recognized at a Georgia Soccer luncheon Feb. 1. He plans to attend Georgia Tech after graduation, with hopes of becoming an engineer.
I am proud to announce Harpal was recently awarded TopSoccer Buddy of the year by Georgia Soccer. We are very fortunate to have individuals like Harpal as well as Jenna, and Jeff supporting our program. On behalf of the players and parents I want to congratulate Harpal, and thank all the volunteers who come out each Sunday to help make our program one of the best in the state! See you on the field soon!
These pavers are a great way to support the club and pay tribute to your family members, soccer players, teams or coaches! Pavers will be laid along both sides of the walkway at the concession stand.
Small pavers are $35. You can write up to two (2) lines of words with 20 characters on each line (spaces included in the 20 characters).
Large pavers are $100 and you can have up to five (5) line of words with 20 characters on each line (spaces included in the 20 characters). These are great for businesses to show their support! Businesses can submit logo in JPEG format for engraving.
If you like your team to be featured on the Cherokee Impact website on winning a tournament or a special team accomplishment, please send an e-mail to Frank Gonzalez with picture(s) and the information to Frank Gonzalez. We will gladly post the information and picture(s).
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