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Tennessee Olympic Development Team

In Olympic Development Program (ODP) on December 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm

On December 14th, I was selected to join the Tennessee Olympic Development Program (ODP) Soccer Team. I had always hoped to make the ODP team – and I’m proud to say that I achieved my goal by making it in the first year I was eligible. It’s a privilege for me to play among such great players and I am very proud to represent the State of Tennessee.

For those who aren’t familiar with ODP, I’ll borrow an explanation from the Tennessee State Soccer web site. In 1977, the Olympic Development Program was introduced to identify a pool of players, from which a National Olympic Team would be selected. The process begins at the state level, advancing regionally, and finally to the national level.

The objective of the program is to enhance the development of each player, guided by high-level licensed coaches and to give exposure to each player – to assist him/her in obtaining college scholarship opportunities.

On January 8th, I leave for North Carolina to begin a weekend of training. During these two days we’ll play against players from other state ODP teams. It should be a great learning experience – not to mention a lot of fun.

UPDATE: The trip to North Carolina was even better than I expected. The only two down sides:
1.) I got injured during the first game. An enormous guy stomped his big cleats onto the top of my foot (the trainer called it my metatarsal). I played with pain for the first day – but the next morning my foot was so swollen I couldn’t get my shoe back on. The trainers wrapped it and it took about a week for me to recover to the point where I could play – but I’m fine now.
2.) It was so cooooooold in Winston-Salem. The windchill was about 21 degrees, for the entire weekend. In fact, it was so cold my mom didn’t want to pull her hands out of her pockets to take a picture of me hobbling around the field. However, she did get a good shot of me downing a hefty slice of pizza from Marios Pizzeria, after the first day of training and games.

Post Game Meal: Don't Tell My Coaches

We also got a good shot of the Wake Forest campus, from the comfort of our warm car (see below).

A Wake Forest Campus Building - Near the Soccer Fields

THE LATEST: I just learned that I’ll be headed to San Antonio, Texas on February 20th for two more days of training and games. My dad said I needed to come up with some kind of fundraiser for my soccer addiction. He suggested I sell ads on my blog/web site – or stick some temporary sponsorship logos on my arms and legs, like one of the race cars for Nascar. I think he was joking about the logos on my body – but, hey, if anyone wants a banner ad – give me a call!