Incoming Liberty freshman Jony Munoz has been named the 2019-20 Gatorade High School Boy's Soccer Player of the Year.
The Gatorade Company announced that incoming Liberty freshman Jony Munoz has been named the 2019-20 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year, earlier today. Munoz signed a NLI to attend Liberty for the 2020-21 academic year.
In its 35th year of honoring the nation's most elite high school athletes, the award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Munoz from nearly half a million high school boys' soccer players nationwide. Past winners include Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, Claudio Reyna, Emmitt Smith, Clayton Kershaw, Abby Wambach and Derek Jeter.
Earlier today, his family, coaches and teammates surprised Munoz with a drive-by parade outside his home in honor of the his achievement.
Munoz, the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, topped the list of 51 state winners who collectively compiled a list of incredible accomplishments, including nine returning Gatorade Players of the Year, 24 first time All-State selections and 14 with a GPA of 4.0 or above.
Munoz led Olathe West High School to a 20-1 record and the Class 6A State Championship this past season. The forward tallied 36 goals and 19 assists, including a goal and an assist in the state title game.
Named the Most Valuable Player of the High School All-American Game this past December, Munoz is a former member of the U.S Soccer U-16 Men's National Team. He concluded his two-year prep soccer career with 53 goals and 28 assists.
Off the field, Munoz posted a weighted 3.97 GPA. Last summer, he participated in a mission trip to Mexico to assist underprivileged youth and spearheaded a food drive that collected over 1,000 canned goods for the needy. In addition, he is a member of Olathe West's OWLS student-leadership organization and was awarded the Olathe Noon Optimist Club's community leader award.
Munoz is now a finalist for the most prestigious award in high school sports, the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced in July.
Each year, a selection committee evaluates the nation's top talent in the District of Columbia and all 50 states, choosing national winners in 12 different sports: football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls track and field. From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year.
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