DC area youth soccer player receives national award

Eight-year-old Charlie Jackson, from Washington, D.C., has been awarded the Degree® Cool and Confident Kid Award and will receive a special skills clinic for his team hosted by Dax McCarty, team captain of D.C. United Thursday, May 5. The national program encouraged US Youth Soccer Players between the ages of eight through 12 to share their moments of success, and the many ways they inspire themselves and others to kick it into gear. D.C. United is a member of Virginia Youth Soccer, one of 55 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer.  

Out of hundreds of entries received, Degree and US Youth Soccer chose one boy and one girl ages 8-12 whom they thought stretched beyond expectations when it mattered most. Charlie was chosen as this year's male winner and will receive a special skills clinic for his team hosted by Dax McCarty, team captain of D.C. United. Along with the skills clinic, Charlie's team, the Orange Crush, will receive $500 for team equipment, travel and events.

Charlie was brave enough to stand up to bullies and display courage and confidence to be a good example for his team. "My coach tells us it is very special to be on a team and you are also a team at school and everywhere else," Charlie says. "When my coach heard about [standing up to the bullies], he made me captain for the next game."

"We are extremely excited to be awarding Charlie the Cool and Confident Kid Award with Degree Deodorant," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer. "It is so important to help instill confidence in young players both on and off the field and we are proud to be able to recognize the players that inspire themselves and others."

The Cool & Confident Kid Award and Degree's sponsorship of US Youth Soccer is part of a larger Unilever mission to provide product solutions that help free tweens from odor and discomfort. Unilever, the makers of Degree® Men Deodorant, Degree® Girl Deodorant, Dove® Deodorant and Suave® Deodorant, has assembled a team of professionals to offer advice on how to help tweens face new opportunities and compete with confidence.

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