• 09-JUN-2016

2015-2016 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year Announcement

On Thursday, May 26, Ella Stevens of Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.) was announced as the 2015-16 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year. ESPN analyst and former MLS MVP Taylor Twellman surprised Stevens with the news during a boys and girls soccer luncheon at the school, followed by an assembly later that afternoon.

For Stevens, it was an extra special day as Duke women’s soccer coach Robbie Church was in attendance. Church congratulated Stevens on her honor and again welcomed her to the Blue Devil program. In addition to the many surprises throughout the day for Stevens, Twellman Facetimed two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Mia Hamm, who personally congratulated her on the award as well.

In addition to the above, the video is available on the Gatorade POY YouTube page: Ella Stevens 2015-2016 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year​​.

About the Gatorade Player of the Year Program

In its 31th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Player of the Year Program recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. 

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by USA TODAY High School Sports and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.