PARKLAND, FL- Two Parkland athletes were selected to represent Florida for the Olympic Development Soccer Program (ODP) in the coming year. Kenslee Ward and Alessia Frenquellucci were chosen for the 2008 team ODP team. The girls will participate in team training for the next couple of months. Then they will travel to Alabama in July for Regional Camp. A Regional Team will then be selected from the state teams and a National Olympic Development Team is selected to represent the United States.
Kenslee has played soccer for 3 years overall and just 2.5 years competitively. Kenslee is a goalkeeper for Parkland's U12 Red Team coached by Laurie Thomas and Bri Mackrey. Her goalkeeper coach is JR Moreira. Kenslee is a 6th grader and also plays for the Westglades Middle School team, which went undefeated in the regular season and lost in the championship game.
Kenslee is both excited and proud of her accomplishment of making the ODP team. "Making ODP gives me more confidence and encourages me to keep working hard," Kenslee shared. Kenslee will continue to keep practicing and working hard to achieve her goals of improving, playing as a team unit and being a leader on and off the field for her team. Her long term goal is to one day be the goalkeeper for the US Women's National Soccer Team.
Alessia has played soccer since the age of 4 and played competitively for the past 5 years. She is a striker for Team Boca travel soccer and is coached by Mario Riancon. Alessia is a 6th grader and helped Westglades have another tremendous season.
Alessia is proud and honored to have the opportunity to represent Florida on the ODP team. "I feel appreciative that I was selected because I feel like it was an amazing experience to play with such talented girls," she shared. Alessia continues to work hard training with her travel team with her long term goal of playing at the college level.
Kenslee and Alessia have proven they are motivated, driven and leaders. Their results on the field have showcased their hard work. The Florida ODP Program will be a challenging and exciting next stop for these competitors.