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Mar, 2022

NJ Youth Soccer Announces 2021 Brett Fenster Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Khya Robinson, NJ Youth Soccer

New Jersey Youth Soccer continues its virtual celebration of the 34th Annual NJYS Awards Presented by RWJBarnabas Health today, officially announcing Sarah Thomas and Gavin Morrobel as the recipients of the 2021 Brett Fenster Memorial Scholarship. As part of their acknowledgement, Thomas and Morrobel participated in an exclusive interview with New York Red Bulls defender John Tolkin.

Brett Fenster played soccer from the age of five until he graduated from high school. He began participating in the West Windsor Recreation Program and eventually played both travel and high school soccer. His love for the sport flourished, along with his interest in the arts and humanity. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 23, at which time the scholarship was enacted.

At the age of five, Sarah Thomas began playing soccer. She managed her time between soccer and ballet before eventually deciding to commit herself to soccer. When she did that, Thomas dedicated herself to being the hardest working player that she possibly could. Although she has been through challenging times in her life, soccer has always remained a healthy outlet for her. The game helped her improve personally while also giving her the opportunity to help others. Throughout her soccer journey, she has also continued to perform very well academically.

“I am very thankful for receiving the Brett Fenster Memorial Scholarship, and I am grateful to all my coaches and teammates who have had such a large impact on my life,” said Thomas. “This game means so much to me, and this scholarship reinforces that. I could not be more thrilled!”

Baseball was Gavin Morrobel’s primary sport when he was growing up, so soccer started a little later in life for him. Morrobel has Usher Syndrome, which means he was born deaf, has severe balance issues and is losing his vision. Due to those complications, baseball became increasingly more difficult to play because it was becoming harder to see the ball. Morrobel eventually switched to playing soccer at the age of 12. He quickly grew fond of soccer because it gave him a chance to practice with friends, and he was able to train by himself in his own backyard. Through soccer, he learned not to dwell on what he cannot do but rather focus on what he is capable of doing. In addition to his commitment to soccer, he has also maintained a stellar academic record.

“I am honored that I have been selected as a recipient of the 2021 Brett Fenster Memorial Scholarship,” said Morrobel. “Soccer has been an important part of my life as it has allowed me to continue to participate in a team sport. I am so grateful for my teammates and coaches for all they have done for me so I can keep playing despite my disability.”

The virtual celebration of the NJYS Awards Presented by RWJBarnabas Health will continue over the coming weeks, with award winners being announced and featured in special video interviews. To find out more information about New Jersey Youth Soccer or to contact us directly, please email [email protected]. Also make sure to follow us on social media: @NJYouthSoccer

As part of their acknowledgement, Thomas and Morrobel participated in an exclusive interview with New York Red Bulls defender John Tolkin.

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