James “Isaac” Nelson, of Rockford, was chosen to be a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) soccer team for the state of Michigan. ODP is the program from which our Olympic Team is chosen. They pick a team at each age group and eventually, through much development, select the national team to represent our country in the Olympics.
Isaac is eleven years old and is the only one to make it in his age group from the west part of the state. Statewide around 50 kids tried out in his age group and they selected the top 28 or so. Its pretty rare for kids to make it from the west side of the state since all the coaches are from the east side. He plays striker/forward and just finished 5th grade at Roguewood Elementary. He played 5 years for Flying Kick soccer club and this year will be playing for Alliance FC. “It’s a huge honor,” described Tim. “Needless to say, he was delighted.” Nelson admitted that “Dad shed a tear of pride and joy for him. He has worked hard and absolutely loves this sport. He plays with joy and passion.”