Gatorade® National Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Luis Rendon

May 18, 2011

MIDLOTHIAN, Va., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — In its 26th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Luis Rendon of Cosby High School (Midlothian, VA) as its 2010-11 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Rendon was surprised with the news in his art class by former MLS All-Star Alecko Eskandarian, who earned Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year honors in 1999-00.

“When I received the award in 2000, it was such a pivotal moment for me as an athlete. I’m grateful to be a part of this moment for Luis, who is truly a phenomenal student-athlete on and off the field,” said Eskandarian, a Hermann Trophy winner, three-time All-American, and the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2000 for the University of Virginia. “Gatorade has been on the sidelines fueling athletic performance for years, so to be recognized by a brand that understands the game and truly helps athletes perform is a huge honor for these kids.”

As the recipient of the 229th Gatorade National Player of the Year trophy to be awarded since 1985, Rendon becomes the first student-athlete from the state of Virginia to earn Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year honors. Only eight other Virginians have earned Gatorade National Player of the Year recognition in any sport–highlighted by retired NBA superstar Alonzo Mourning of Indian River (1987-88) and Arizona Diamondback’s right fielder Justin Upton of Great Bridge (2004-05).

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Rendon as the nation’s best high school boys soccer player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Rendon from nearly 392,000 boys soccer players nationwide. Rendon is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

The 5-foot-10 junior forward led the Titans to a 13-0 record and the Dominion District regular-season title entering last night’s regular-season finale. Rendon scored 16 goals and passed for 13 assists through 12 games, sitting out the final two games of the regular season with a minor injury. He already owns the school record with 38 career goals entering postseason play. He has also recorded 37 assists in three varsity seasons. A 2009 U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Winter Interregional All-Star and a 2010 Group AAA Second Team All-State selection, Rendon is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-18 Men’s National Team Player Pool.

Rendon has maintained a B+ average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally at Richmond’s Lynmore Nursing Home, delivering mail, meals and singing songs for residents. He has also donated his time on behalf of the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer, a community-based training and team-placement program for young athletes with disabilities. A member of his school’s Varsity Club, Rendon has also served as a youth soccer coach in association with his FC Richmond Magic club program and on behalf of Non-Stop Soccer camps. A native of Colombia, Rendon arrived in the U.S. at age 9 and earned his American citizenship in February, 2010.

“Luis’ ability to score goals is amazing,” said Dave Amsler, Rendon’s club coach with FC Richmond Magic. “He has a calming effect on the game and his skill level is very high. He’s just not your typical American player. He’s a very elusive player. He just brings something totally different to the game.”

Rendon has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Duke University beginning in the fall of 2012. He will join the USSF U-18 squad on a trip to Portugal later this month, where the Americans will play international friendly matches against Holland, Portugal and Finland.

“Without question, Luis is deserving of recognition as the nation’s best high school boys soccer player based on his statistics on the field and the impact his accomplishments have had on Cosby’s success,” said Gatorade Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing Jennifer Storms. “But he is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young athletes of what a leader and a student-athlete should be. He represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient.”

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 ESPN RISE 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.

Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include:

  • Five-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard
  • WNBA Most Valuable Player Candace Parker
  • Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning
  • Two-time Beach Volleyball Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year web site at http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Gatorade.

      YEAR        NAME                HIGH SCHOOL                STATUS
                                   Cosby High School/
    2010-11    Luis Rendon           Midlothian, VA        High School Junior
                                 Dearborn High School/      Attended Univ. of
    2009-10    Soony Saad             Dearborn, MI               Michigan
    2008-09  Dillon Powers      Plano Senior/Plano, TX      U. of Notre Dame
                                McDonough School/Owings
    2007-08  Chris Agorsor             Mills, MD           Philadelphia Union
                  Brayan      West Orange HS/West Orange,
    2006-07      Martinez                  NJ                   Puebla FC
    2005-06  Eric Alexander  Portage Central/Portage, MI        FC Dallas
                                                            Becamex BÃnh D??ng
    2004-05    Lee Nguyen    Plano East Senior/Plano, TX            FC
                                   Wilbraham & Monson          New England
    2003-04  Patrick Phelan       Acad./Wilbraham, MA           Revolution
    2002-03    Greg Dalby           Poway/Poway, CA         Charlotte Eagles
                               Capistrano Valley/Mission
    2001-02  Jordan Harvey             Viejo, CA           Philadelphia Union
    2000-01   Ned Grabavoy     Lincoln Way/New Lenox, IL     Real Salt Lake
                  Alecko                                    Semi-Retired from
    1999-00    Eskandarian   Bergen Catholic/Oradell, NJ           MLS
    1998-99   Kyle Martino       Staples, Westport/CT       Retired from MLS
    1997-98   Nick Downing       Eastlake/Redmond, WA      Charleston Battery
    1996-97    Nick Garcia      Bishop Lynch/Dallas, TX        Toronto FC
                                 Marquette University/
    1995-96     Andy Kirk            Milwaukee, WI          Retired from MLS
                  Pierre                                      U. of Maryland
    1994-95      Venditti      Jonathon Law/Milford, CT            Grad
                  Andriy      Kenston High/Chagrin Falls,     U. of Virginia
    1993-94      Shapowal                  OH                      Grad
                                                              U. of Virginia
    1992-93    Mike Fisher        Batavia/Batavia, IL              Grad
                                                              Saint Louis U.
    1991-92    Matt McKeon   De Smet Jesuit/St. Louis, MO          Grad
                              St. Benedict's Prep/Newark,
    1990-91  Claudio Reyna                 NJ               Retired from MLS
                                                            U. of N. Carolina
    1989-90   Todd Haskins     Howard/Ellicott City, MD            Grad
    1988-89     Henderson         Cascade/Everett, WA       Retired from MLS
                                                              U. of Virginia
    1987-88    Lyle Yorks        E.O. Smith/Storrs, CT             Grad
    1986-87     John Gwin           Boise/Boise, ID           Duke U. Grad
                                                             So. Illinois U.
    1985-86  Kevin Hundelt   Aquinas-Mercy/Hazelwood, MO           Grad

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