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Prep star without leg honored with inaugural Inspireum Soccer Award
January 24th, 2012 10:20PM

TAGS:  high school boys


[AWARDS] Christian Metzler, who earned second-team all-state honors as a goalkeeper at Pope John Paul the Great High School in Dumfries, Va., despite being born without a fibular bone that left him with no lower right leg from the knee down, was named the winner of the inaugural Inspireum Soccer Awards and awarded a $7,500 scholarship.

The program honors individuals who display incredible character, courage, contribution and commitment, and who serve as an inspiration to their teammates, peers and communities.

Metzler was selected the most inspirational player out of over 250 young men and women who were nominated.

“He is successfully juggling a demanding schedule with his high school commitments," said Pope John Paul the Great coach Henry Montague. "His athletic achievements are clearly noteworthy, but are truly remarkable for an athlete with only one God- given leg. Christian is the consummate inspirational leader of other student-athletes and is most deserving of this award."

Metzler volunteers at the Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Centers, helping amputees and injured servicemen as part of the Wounded Warrior Program.

“I hear many others say, ‘If he can do it, why can’t I?’” says Metzler of his work at Walter Reed.

Three runners-up will each receive a $2,500 academic scholarship: Tara McNaught of Lakewood, Calif., Humberto Alvarez of Medford, Ore., and Michael Cooper of Blackwood, N.J.

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