To further Sounders FC strategic pillar to lead, serve and invest in the community, Sounders FC awards select players and youth as “Humanitarians of the Year”. These individuals have achieved the following:
- Volunteer and make a tangible impact in their community
- Display Sounder’s FC valued attributes of ambition, innovation and collaboration
- Show outstanding dedication to charitable efforts and serving the community
- Are active member of Sounders FC, Sounders FC 2, Sounders FC Academy or Sounders FC Youth Partner Clubs
Sounders FC: Jordan Morris
Morris earned Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year honors for the second consecutive season in 2017, continuing to build upon his commitment to the Type-1 Diabetes community. As part of his T1D Playmakers program launched this year, Morris met with T1D youth at every home match and select away matches in 2017, sharing his experience and providing inspiration to those battling the disease. Morris has conducted multiple T1D Talks, including fireside chats and school assemblies with over 1,000 local T1D youths, their classmates and families. He also was the face of Seattle Foundation’s 2017 GiveBIG Campaign that raised $19 million in 24 hours, then served as Team Captain for JDRF’s Beat the Bridge run and raised over $10,000 for JDRF Seattle. Additionally, the Seattle native launches the Jordan Morris Foundation on October 13, while also beginning monthly visits to T1D inpatients at Seattle Children’s Hospital starting this month.
Sounders FC 2: Sam Rogers
A local from Ballard High School, Sam Rogers has been actively involved in the community since signing his first professional contract in June 2017. Sam has made numerous appearances at youth soccer camps during the summer to inspire young soccer athletes. He has also conducted multiple, elementary school visits to talk with students to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
Sounders FC Academy: Gabe Threadgold
Gabe volunteers in his home community in Kitsap County. He assists in the Children of the Nations soccer jamboree that benefits Sierra Leone Children. He also spends time cleaning up the Clear Creek Trail in the spring time months. Gabe likes to give back to Fairview Middle School by spending time as a teacher’s assistant and cleaning up the campus. Gabe doubled the Academy community requirement. Gabe never misses a session or an opportunity to train with the team. He is loyal to the club, and his positive energy is contagious to the players and staff. He is a great player to have on your team.
Youth Partner Club (age 13-18): Emily Piette
Emily Piette has been a Water1st youth board member for the past five years and was accepted to the Water1st Global Fellow program the past two years. Emily was a vital member of the Global Fellow team as she demonstrated team leadership through: inclusivity, intellectual curiosity, compassion, and openness to learning from women and girls in our project communities who are constrained by lack of access to clean water. Emily utilized her photography skills to document the journey and to share the lives and stories of the women she met. Emily was a soccer ambassador everywhere she went as she rallied kids in each of the communities with full field soccer matches. Additionally, she had the opportunity to meet with the Ethiopia Women’s National Futbol Club while in Addis Ababa.
Emily has impacted Seattle teens with her photos and stories and has inspired them to be advocates through fundraising for the annual Water1st Carry5 Walk for Water. She has rallied over 60 teens to walk over the past five years—this means carrying 5 gallons of water for 5 kilometers to experience what most women and girls do each day. She has generated over $25,000 through fundraising campaigns to transform the lives of the women and girls she met in Ethiopia, Honduras and Bangladesh.
Youth Partner Club (age 12 and under): Juan Orbe
Juan and his entire family have been giving back to Twin City Youth Soccer Association since they joined in the summer of 2016. At events without prompting Juan has helped with cleanup of the whole facility, not just after his own team after a game. He's spent many hours at the fields helping break down at the end of a long day of games to assist our staff and other volunteers.
Juan is consistently among the top few in his age group in regard to humility, coachability, and kindness. He works incredibly hard and competes at a very high level, but also is quick to have a smile on his face and enjoys everything about playing soccer. His positive attitude is infectious, and has a great impact on his team, within his age group, and surely among his peer at school and within his community