Kadeem Agard from South Gwinnett named Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of Year

Andrew Alvarez

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SOUTH GWINNETT, GA — Gatorade announced Kadeem Agard of South Gwinnett High School as its 2020-21 Gatorade Georgia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

The award was given to Agard for outstanding athletic excellence and recognizing the high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.

Agard, with 6 feet and 155 pounds, scored 43 goals and passed for 12 assists in the past season, leading the Comets (17-4-2) to the Class AAAAAAA state semifinals. Agard recorded seven goals and four assists in four postseason games in The Class AAAAAAA Player of the Year and recorded 14 multi-goal games, including six hat tricks in his prep career.

He also volunteered for the youth soccer coach. According to Lee Duggan, head coach of Grayson High, Agard is a special player and his talent has developed and improved over the year since his freshman year.

Agard has maintained a GPA of 3.61 and has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Mercer University this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball and boys and girls track and field. And it awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.

Through Gatorade “Play it Forward”, Agard has the opportunity to award any local or national youth sports organization a $1,000 grant. He was also encouraged to submit a 30-second video of why the choosing organization deserved one of twelve $10,000 grants. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants has totaled more than $2.7 million across 1,117 organizations.

Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients have won hundreds of professional and college championships. Many have also turned into pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators.

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