Zac Herr is only an
11-year-old soccer player, but he will have the honor of representing
his country this summer at the 2009 Youth Friendship Games in Vienna,
Austria. Zac was selected for the U.S. Boys 11-13 soccer team as part
of the Sports Ambassador Program.
“I was kind of excited and surprised,” Zac, a sixth grader at St.
Clement Mary Hofbauer School in Rosedale said. “I never thought I would
be picked to play soccer
across the world.”
Zac's father Dan Herr said his son loves the sport of soccer and has
played for the Baltimore Soccer Academy for the past three years.
“He is a very good offensive player and that's why we decided to sign
him up for the Baltimore Soccer Academy. Soccer is the only sport he
plays,” Dan said.
To get selected, Zac had to submit references and had participated in a
successful interview process with program coaches and leaders. Before
leaving, he will attend orientation meetings with a local coordinator
and other coaches to prepare for the journey.
The 10-day event will not only provide Zac a chance to work with
international coaches and building athletic skills, but he will get an
education and first hand look at the culture of Austria. Zac will be
exploring Austrian cultural monuments including the Schonbrunn Palace,
the Mauthausen concentration camp and the Vienna Prater amusement park.
”It's not going to just be all soccer. We are going to explore many
museums over in Austria,” Zac added.