August Athlete of the Month
Soleil F. is in 5th grade and participates in Austin Youth Fitness Biking Group @ Gullett. She previously participated in the biking group at Magellan. Soleil was nominated by her coaches because she is truly deserving, as she works hard, has a great attitude, is a leader, and also knows how to have a great time. She is also kind, helpful, silly and smart. She LOVES her friends and animals of all sorts, but has a soft spot for dogs and horses especially.
This summer she learned to trot and jump low hurdles at horseback riding camp. She is confident and proud in her ability.
Twice a year, for the last 2.5 years, Soleil has taken collections of both money and other necessary items for the Austin Animal Center from friends, family and neighbors. She has involved her brother Jorrin and even successfully challenged him to donate his own money. Last winter she was able to raise approximately $90 and various necessities for the shelter. Early this summer she donated nearly $275 of mainly her own money as well to help AAC. She did this by saving up any birthday, toothfairy, dog sitting/walking and Christmas money and gathered food, beds, towels, blankets, bowls, treats, leashes, collars, toys and neighbor's cash donations she had. Soleil earned her 3rd certificate from AAC and was also highlighted on their FB page.
Soleil doesn't really seek out athletic endeavors, but has been successfully part of running, swimming and gymnastics teams. She also likes rollerskating and wishes she had more time to get really good at it.
Soleil will try her best at anything she takes on and loves creative classes and crafting, ice cream and cookies!
Congratulations to Soleil for being AYF's August Athlete of the Month!
September Athlete of the Month
Vance Leoni is in the 4th grade and participates in Austin Youth Fitness Running Group @ Baranoff Elementary. Vance is considered a leader at Baranoff by his teachers due to his positive attitude, good manners and effort level in everything he attempts. Vance loves to run and is always excited when it's a Running Club day at school. Wellness class at school is one of his favorites and he enjoys participating in all sports. Every school year since Kindergarten, Vance has completed 4 marathons during his Working on Wellness (WOW) time at school. He'll run the laps each day which have so far equaled up to 16 marathons.
Vance has a family tradition of going skiing each year, and with only 3 days/year doing this sport, he is now skiing blue runs in Taos! Vance swims for the Capital City Summer League with the South Austin Area Barracudas, and this year was awarded top point winner in his age group. He also plays baseball, enjoys riding his bike through the neighborhood and picking up a game of basketball with friends. While Vance enjoys his screen time/device use, he will often be found playing the Wii sports games and breaking a sweat!
Vance's favorite things about AYF is running, but he's especially excited about the games he gets to play during running club too!
Congratulations to Vance for being AYF's September Athlete of the Month!