Zooming in On Brody B.: 6th Grade Soccer Champ

January 23, 2021


The sun shines brightly overhead, illuminating the playing field around Brody B. The blue of the sky contrasts deeply with the green grass at his feet. He swiftly kicks the black and white ball across the expanse. He and his teammates know exactly how to combine their efforts and achieve a victory. 

J.C. Booth sixth-grader Brody B. is an avid soccer player who plays for the Atlanta United Youth team, which, in his words is the “best of the best.” 

But Brody did not join this club through chance or luck, but hard work and dedication. 

He started playing soccer at three or four years old and didn’t always play for his current team. “I played for AFC,” he disclosed in an interview. Brody was accepted to his current team when he was in third grade. “The Atlanta United coaches [came to] our former clubs… and scouted us. And then they brought us to this like training camp. It was like every Friday for like 10 weeks. And so basically after that, if you were good enough…you made the team,” Brody said.

His team consists of sixth and seventh graders, aged 11-12, and they practice at the Atlanta United facility in Marietta. “[The fields] are very nice. There’s…a lot of them. There’s this huge modern building that we get to go in sometimes…” Brody said. “The pros have two very nice, like great, grass fields. And then, like, from u12 to u19 you play on turf.”

Besides the great opportunities, being on the Atlanta United Youth team has some other great advantages. “Last year we went to Florida and then we went to Kansas City, and we didn’t have to pay for any of it…” Brody said. “We get, like, we get free cleats, we get [uniforms], we get everything for free.”

Brody’s aspirations reach further than his current success, though. “Hopefully, I want to go pro,” Brody said, as well as expressing his wish to play for the professional Atlanta United team. 

Brody’s success story proves that even at middle school age, you can achieve your goals with persistence and determination.


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    Dylan LerouzesNov 9, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Brody is an amazing athlete and soccer player. Being one of his best friends, I know he will not stop working hard and not stop getting better. Overall Brody is a great soccer player and person.

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    carson underwoodNov 9, 2022 at 8:42 am

    I think brodys hard and dedcation made him the plyer he is today. If he keeps going he could go pro. He tells me that he’s been playing since he was 3 and practicing at least 2 hours a day. EVery time I go to his house he wants to play soccer. It took him a lot of time to get to where he is today. He even moved schools so that he would have more time to practice. He gets out of school at 10 and goes to practice from 11 to 2 oclock.

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    MORRISE GRESHAMNov 9, 2022 at 8:41 am

    He is very talented

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    Jerry GeistweiteNov 8, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    The article “Zooming in on Brody C.”, By Anna C. and Sophie T., in the BoothWarriortimes.com inspired me to put more effort into my hobbies and passions. The article really puts into perspective how much you can accomplish when you try harder.
    In the article, Anna C. and Sophie T. write, “But Brody did not join this club through chance or luck, but hard work and dedication.” If you want to accomplish something, you can’t just let the reward come to you, but you need to put in the effort to get to your destination. Many people just look at what you get at the end, but you can’t just skip all of the hard work to reach it.
    Another piece of writing that stuck out to me comes at the end of the article. Anna C. and Sophie T. explain, “Brody’s success story proves that even at middle school age, you can achieve your goals with persistence and determination.” This quote explains that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can accomplish anything. That made me realize that I could start pursuing my passions and goals right now.

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    Sami MillerNov 8, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    This article was very intriguing.
    When I read this article, it gave me more determination to keep trying and it made me realize that I can achieve my goals. In the article, Brody was only in 3rd grade when he got recruited, showing that nothing is unreachable if you put your mind to it.
    Prior to reading this article, I didn’t think it was possible to be on a track to be a professional athlete as young as 6th grade, but now I am inspired to try my hardest, because this article showed me that hard work does pay off.

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    ShintaroApr 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Eighth-grader Henry J. has goals of pursuing an aviation career and the means to achieve them. He takes classes at Butler Municipal Airport and has been steadily learning how to fly for over a year. Such a fascination with flying, however, is not a necessity to be successful in the classes Henry takes. A “little bit” of motivation can get you valuable experience and treasured moments.

    He hopes to join the Air Force and Naval Academy when he turns 16, as well as pursue a career in aviation. “I’m down to do anything else as long as I get to fly,” Henry J. said.

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    addisyn walkerApr 28, 2022 at 10:44 am

    It is such an amazing thing that Brody is only 12 years old, and he is as good as he is. I can see he is a very talented person. He claims that he has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old. So that means he has been playing for a whole 9 years! It does not surprise me that he is thinking about going pro and playing for the Professional Atlanta United Team. With his talent, he can make it into many advanced teams. This passage has shown so much dedication and talent. If he keeps doing what is doing he will most defiantly become a pro. But he will most defiantly make it into the Professional Atlanta United Team just like his dream.

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    WESTONApr 12, 2022 at 10:17 am

    great job Brody

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    SebastianFeb 23, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Brody is a talented person and it surprises me that his love for playing soccer is so much, that he claims he has been playing it since he was 3-4 years old and is still playing to this day. It surprises me that he is really thinking of going pro and playing for the professional Atlanta United team. He has been working super hard to try to get better and better to make his wish come true.

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    AbigailFeb 23, 2022 at 10:53 am

    This article shows that people who are truly determined to what they can do anything they want. It expresses that when brody puts his mind to something he can and will do it. He played since the age of three and is still going, since then he has improved his life style and became a very good figure he’s even a champion. He is truly determined and inspiring.

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    RaystephanFeb 23, 2022 at 10:51 am


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    Kenna ZinkFeb 23, 2022 at 10:44 am

    This story shows true dedication and talent. Although he is only 12 I think it’s really cool how far he has come. This passage shows how hard work really pays off. All of the details of this article pull together and create this feel to it that shows us passion and love for soccer. I believe that brody can push through anything and eventually become a pro.

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    India DennardFeb 23, 2022 at 10:43 am

    This story shows true hard work and people who never gave up, Brody is a talented person who is amazing at his sport he’s been playing since the age of three and is still going! that is truly amazing. That is what you call hard work and determination, I’m sure he will make it into professional soccer. This truly made me learn to not give up, have determination, and always believe in myself; He is really inspiring and very determined.

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    Benjamin StemkoskiFeb 23, 2022 at 10:42 am

    It’s so cool how Brody is so amazing at soccer because of his hard work and dedication. I know brody will never stop his courage to become a pro and I truly believe in the best in him. Crazy that brody started playing at 3 years old! This is a true story of how hard work can pay off for brody because he had to be accepted into his team. This story is very connective because I play soccer too.

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    Tripp KellyFeb 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    This story shows how hard champions and people who love their sport work. It’s just crazy how he played at the age three and he is still going. Its awesome how hard he worked, then he became a champion.

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    Rune AndersonFeb 25, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Brody is an amazing talent that loves the game of soccer. He has the determination and hard work to go anywhere in life, and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. All that Brody has worked on from age 3 to 12 really is fascinating. From being his friend in real life and seeing his skill first hand he really is an amazing player; he can fight and beat any obstacle in his way.

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    Rafael TrevinoFeb 25, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I really think he could make it pro.

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    Samuel KingFeb 2, 2021 at 10:35 am

    This story shows how determination and hard work can pay off after years of training. It’s also amazing how he started playing soccer from 3-4 years.