Lipscomb Academy student named to Olympic Development Program Tour, competing in Barcelona, Spain
Lipscomb Academy sophomore Bennie L. Harris II, has been named by the coaches of Region III U.S. Youth Soccer to join the 98 Olympic Development Program for their International Tour in Barcelona, Spain, April 3-10.
As part of that team, Harris will play against top youth soccer programs from around the world and will attend at least one professional match.
Harris, who has been playing soccer since he was two-and-a-half years old, joined the Tennessee Soccer Club in 2007. Besides playing on the Lipscomb Academy soccer team, coached by Nathan Proffitt, he also has playing experience with the Bolingbrook (Ill.) Soccer Club and the Tennessee Soccer Club in Brentwood, TN.
“This is really quite an honor for this amazing young man,” Proffitt said. “He has such a passion and ability for the sport and has earned this hands down. He’s been an invaluable part of the academy team, both as an outstanding player and an outstanding young Christian who plays out his faith on the field.”
The U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players of all ages from which a national team is selected for international competition. The competition provides high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.
Harris earned a spot in 2013 on the Tennessee State Olympic Development Team and competed in Region III against players from 11 states across the South. He was named to the Region III team that competed in Sarasota last December.
Harris is the son of Bennie and Frankie Harris. Bennie Harris Sr. is the vice president for development and alumni relations at Lipscomb University. The family resides in Franklin. Tenn.
U.S. Youth Soccer is a member of the United States Soccer Federation Youth Council, the governing body for soccer in the United States. U.S. Youth Soccer is a national organization of more than three million registered youth soccer players between the ages of five and 19, more than 600,000 volunteers and administrators, and more than 300,000 coaches, most of whom also are volunteers. U.S. Youth Soccer is made up of 55 member state associations; one in each state, and two in California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.