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Sudbury soccer player receives 2021 MilkUP Award

Presented by Ontario Soccer and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, award recognizes future leaders
Sudbury’s Massimo Marrone is one of the 2021 recipients of the MilkUP Ontario Soccer Future Leaders Award.

Greater Sudbury Soccer Club member Massimo Marrone has been presented with a 2021 MilkUP Ontario Soccer Future Leaders Award from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Ontario Soccer.

The award aims to celebrate “the outstanding achievements of youth in the soccer community, the award acknowledges the selfless display of civic care, pride in one's sport and leadership, an attitude of resilience and strong work ethic, and a constant desire for impact and improvement,” according to a news release.

Five young people in their graduating year of high school, who have made an impact on their local soccer community as a leader, player, coach, match official or administrator, will receive a $2,500 education bursary to help offset some of their post-secondary education costs.

The recipients are: Massimo Marrone (Northern Region – Sudbury), Karina Bolla (Central East Region – East Gwillimbury), Kaya Martin (Eastern Region – Eganville), Vanessa Ciofani (Central West – Oakville), and Patrick Ansell (Western Region – Chatham).

As a longstanding member of the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club (GSSC), Massimo has fulfilled many roles over the last decade.

“Starting as a grassroots player in the Club’s house league program, Massimo’s leadership credentials and work ethic saw him assuming a multitude of volunteer roles during his teenage years helping at the annual summer camp, as well as in the Club’s in-season evening grassroots programming,” the news release states. 

Massimo lost his father unexpectedly in 2020, as well, but he persevered and graduated from St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School in June, receiving the Governor General Award for highest graduating average (96 per cent).

“His academic prowess, coupled with his athletic contributions, really demonstrated his time management, well-roundedness, initiative, and work ethic. He has been praised for personifying values like inclusivity, respect, strong ethics and a sense of community. Notably, Massimo volunteers for Meals on Wheels (2 hours per week as a delivery driver).”

Massimo is pursuing undergraduate studies in science and medicine at Laurentian University.