The video above tells Mia Hoen-Beck's extraordinary story and how she responded to adversity. Watch it and be inspired!
Mia Hoen-Beck, a player formerly coached by Total Futbol Executive Director Nadir Moumen and currently a UVA women's soccer player, was awarded the Craig Fielder Memorial Award on May 2, 2018. The Fielder award is given to "the athlete who best embodies the qualities of leadership in character, sportsmanship, unwavering competitive spirit and untiring determination in overcoming adversity."
A standout player in her high school years, Mia was a two-time NSCAA All-American and was invited to train and compete with the U.S. U17 Women's National Team multiple times during her sophomore year of high school. She was the top scorer in her age group in the Elite Clubs National League.
She was heavily recruited to play college soccer and was widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the nation. Partway through her junior year of high school, she tore her ACL and mostly missed out on playing with her McLean Youth Soccer ECNL team during the rest of her high school years. However, she rehabbed and trained in anticipation of joining the University of Virginia's storied women's soccer program in the fall of 2015. Unbelievably, she injured herself right before the season started and redshirted her freshman year. After that, a series of setbacks, reinjuries, and new injuries prevented her from full participation in competitive games for three seasons straight.
Throughout this ordeal, Hoen-Beck remained on the UVA squad and maintained her commitment to the team. UVA in turn honored her with the Fielder Award in recognition of her extraordinary response to adversity.