AYF Athletes of the Month
Austin Youth Fitness Athlete of the Month is a showcase of the talented young men and women in our community. The power and spirit of our youth is limitless, and AYF thinks it's important to let other young athletes know what their peers are doing in the fitness community. Congratulations to the following AYF Athletes of the Month!
April Athlete of the Month
Ever Devore participates in AYF’s Running Club @ the Girls School of Austin. Ever was nominated by her coaches because she is an amazing friend and teammate to all and truly exemplifies what it means to be an Austin Youth Fitness athlete! Every running club she has a smile on her face, gives it all of her effort, and goes above and beyond to help a classmate when she sees them struggling.
One of Ever’s biggest fitness accomplishments is running 15 miles over two months in PE. Aside from AYF, Ever is involved in After School Mad Science and is enrolled in a performing/acting camp at ZACH Theater this summer.
Ever’s favorite thing about AYF is that "we do a lot of fun activities that help us learn sports."
Ever’s favorite thing about school is that she "can spend time with her friends and have fun at recess and learning." When Ever grows up she wants to be a meteorologist or a dancer because she loves the news and weather on TV and she also loves to move and dance.
Way to go Ever Devore for being AYF's April Athlete of the Month!
March Athlete of the Month
Aria participates in Barton Hills running, biking, and yoga clubs as well as AYF's summer camps. She was nominated by her coaches because she is a wonderful role model in both running and biking clubs. She is also great about following the rules while with AYF and is very respectful to others!
Aria is super-active and has participated in youth soccer, swimming, gymnastics, ballet/jazz/tap, and Ballet Folklorico classes. She has chosen AYF biking/running clubs as her two main outlets for getting exercise, improving her skills, developing leadership capabilities, and making new friends.
Aside from AYF Aria is a Girl Scout with BHE Troop 42929 and has attended monthly meetings and performed community service to earn numerous badges this year. She attends continuing religious education classes weekly at her home parish and is a junior Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
Aria enjoys the outdoor aspect of AYF groups/camps, and especially enjoys exploring different parts of the city and surrounding areas. Cycle the City has been her favorite, and she recently decided to add AYF Yoga to her afterschool activities. She has stated that she feels safe and learns new things from her coaches.
Aria's favorite subject in school is Music and her second favorite is PE. Her favorite parts of the day are lunch and recess, which give her fun time with her friends. Aria aspires to be a vet, a doctor, a singer, and a dancer. Most recently, Aria added "Mother" to her list of aspirations :)
Aria is dyslexic and has worked hard to overcome this obstacle. In fact, she is an avid reader and books are always on her list for Santa each year. Aria is learning sign language and is on her way to being tri-lingual in English, Spanish, and Signing. Aria is a practicing Catholic at St. Ignatius Martyr and serves her parish in whatever ways she is asked.
Way to go Aria Pena Balandran for being AYF's March Athlete of the Month!
February Athlete of the Month
Max Faust participates in AYF's Running Club @ Forest Trail Elementary and was nominated by his coaches because, "Max has been a 'stud athlete' and is a great example to other runners. He's even more eager this session to run and improve his skills!" Coach Allison Halverson.
Max has really improved on his running session after session, and his current mile time is 7 minutes. He's participated in several fun runs and a 5K. Aside from running, Max plays baseball, flag football, basketball and participates in chess club.
Max's favorite things about AYF are the games we play during running club. Max's favorite thing about school is PE and lunch, and when Max grows up, he wants to be an NFL football player.
Way to go Max Faust for being AYF's February Athlete of the Month!
January Athlete of the Month
Isaac Seif participates in AYF's Running Club @ Casis Elementary as well as AYF's Biking Club @ Westenfield Park. Isaac was nominated by his coaches because Isaac always comes to running and biking club with a smile and ready to have fun! Isaac is a kind kiddo who is a great friend to so many. Also Isaac works well with all of his coaches and other runners and bikers! Isaac is very proud of being able to keep up with the big kids during biking club.
Aside from running and biking, Isaac plays soccer and basketball at WAYA. You can regularly find Isaac and his older brother Sam (a previous Athlete of the Month) outside playing at Westenfield Park. Isaac is also fluent in Spanish, and he wants to learn to play the piano.
Isaac's favorite things about AYF are the games like sharks and minnows and up/down tag.
Isaac's favorite thing about school is PE class and his friends. When he grows up, Isaac wants to be a soccer player.
Way to go Isaac Seif for being AYF's January Athlete of the Month!