This memorial award is named after our son, Ryan McPhee, who was a U11 Hilton Heat player when he passed away in 2006 after a long battle with leukemia. This particular age group - U11 - will always be special to our family. We started this award as more of a scholarship given in the preseason to the winner of a raffle drawing. But starting in 2010, we wanted to do a little more with this award, and have the head coach of the boys and girls U11 teams choose one player from the team who represents the spirit of Ryan’s award.
So, we leave the choice of winner to the coach, giving them some guidelines to think about when choosing their player. Some of the characteristics that we hoped the coach would consider would not necessarily make them most “valuable” player on the field, but one whose effort during games, practices, scrimmages, and warm-ups was relentless. One for whom soccer didn’t just fill in the gaps of the summer months but was a year-long passion for a game they just loved. This player would truly be a “team” player, on and off the field, and respectful of their coaches, staff, parents, and opponents.
We congratulate these winners, and thank the Hilton Heat Soccer Club for allowing us to keep Ryan’s memory alive with these awards
- Rich, Jill and Shannon McPhee