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Jun, 2022

Ella Caldwell of Wyckoff Torpedoes SC Honored as NJYS Respect Ambassador

 Austin Lloyd, NJ Youth Soccer

New Jersey Youth Soccer is proud to announce that Ella Caldwell of Wyckoff Torpedoes Soccer Club was selected as the NJYS Respect Campaign Ambassador for May 2022.

Caldwell was selected because of her commitment to showing respect for both her opponents and teammates. After every match, win or lose, she seeks out the other team's goalkeeper and field players, offering each of them a high five while congratulating them on a match well-played. She has been doing this for several years now and has received recognition from other parents about how much that small act means to their daughters, and how it demonstrates class and sportsmanship.

“It feels really good,” Caldwell said about her recognition as an NJYS Respect Campaign Ambassador. “I am honored that people have noticed my sportsmanship. I am very competitive during the match, but after the game, I like to go up to people and give them high fives to show respect. Little things like that go a long way.”

Caldwell also makes an attempt to help any new players on her team feel involved and like they have a friend. She experienced this same treatment first-hand after she was introduced to unknown players when playing above her age group for the Torpedoes. One particular player made sure that she had a partner for passing the ball and a friend to sit with when they got water, which helped her feel comfortable in the new environment. Caldwell now feels it is her duty to continue the kindness as her friend can no longer play soccer due to a medical diagnosis.

“I am very glad that I am able to pay forward the kindness that other people have shown to me, especially my friend Elle, who was the first to welcome me onto a new team when I first played up,” said Caldwell. “She made sure I had someone to pass with and drink water with and made me feel good about myself because of that.”

When asked to offer advice to other players, the aspiring USWNT player stated, “always be kind to others. Respect other players. Keep playing hard and fighting for wins, but do it with class. And if you have someone new come to your team, always be kind because it is hard being the new kid. Playing as a team starts with being friends.”

To get involved with the NJYS Respect Campaign, all members of the NJYS community are urged to recognize and acknowledge acts of respect by players, coaches, parents, referees and administrators. If you observe someone taking the extra step to promote a more respectful atmosphere in youth soccer, we encourage you to nominate them as a NJYS Respect Ambassador by filling out this link: CLICK HERE

To further promote respect in the game, NJ Youth Soccer also encourages the soccer community to post a picture on social media that portrays and describes the observed respectful act. Make sure to use the hashtag #NJYSRespect and tag @NJYouthSoccer on the post so they can be recognized by our state association.

The goal of the NJYS Respect Campaign is to improve the soccer culture as well as decrease the frequency of required disciplinary measures and reports of abuse from competition in member leagues. This is not a temporary campaign but an ongoing commitment to improve behavior in NJ Youth Soccer.

To learn more about the NJYS Respect Campaign, click here. If you have any questions about the initiative, please email Austin Lloyd at[email protected]

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