Kim Uetrecht Honored as 2012 NCCAA Michelle Akers Award Winner

KISSIMMEE, FL - The NCCAA has selected OCU senior Kim Uetrecht as the 2012 Michelle Akers Award winner.  Kim was selected by coaches across the nation and regional chairs from the 8 regions in the NCCAA.  The prestigious award is presented to one NCCAA athlete nationally and is a first for an OCU women's soccer player.

Since 1997, the NCCAA has presented the Michelle Akers Award to the women's soccer student-athlete who best models the values of America's first female soccer star. Akers played with passion and integrity while excelling in both the technical and tactical aspects of the game. From her days at the University of Central Florida, where she was a four-time NCAA All-American, to carrying the U.S. Women's National Team to World Cup glory, Akers' faith in Christ was always her first love.

Kim was a captain for the program in 2010, 2011, and 2012.  She is the first player to be at OCU from its inception (2009) to her graduating year.  Kim played in many different roles for OCU.  Her freshman year she played the right midfield, her normal position.  In 2012, she was moved back again to the center midfield where she helped guide a young team. In the summer of 2012, Kim was honored with training in Florida with the National Training Center  as part of the NTC Phoenix with head coach, Henry Mayo.  While there she was named the team chaplain and led the team in church services and fellowship.

Kim spent every summer giving her time to serving in many different soccer camps.  She helped with summer camps in Seattle and at OCU in 2012. The camp in Seattle was for a church camp where she was part of a group that brought twelve kids to Christ.  She helped with OCU camps around central Ohio in 2011 and 2010.  In 2009 she helped a club organization with their summer camps.  While working these camps, Kim not only taught the kids soccer skills but was also a great example for Christ.  In 2010 and 2011 she helped be an assistant coach for Pride Soccer Club, not receiving any income for her services.  She also headed the involvement of OCU Soccer with Upward Soccer during every regular season while also leding her team in small group ministry.

"Kim has been an absolute joy to coach and be around."  Commented OCU Head Coach Josh Murton.  "She has been a blessing to be around and I thank God for having her in our lives here at Ohio Christian University."