As a three-year starter for Meridian High School in Macon, Ill., Evan Dawson has done a little bit of everything. Whether it’s been controlling the midfield or finding the back of the net up top, the junior prides himself on being as versatile as possible.

“It gives me a better overall understanding of the game,” said Dawson, who owns a 3.4 GPA in the classroom. “It has made my abilities a benefit to the success of my team.

“You win as a team, and you lose as a team. Being on a team means there is no room for individuals – only what each individual brings to that team.”

When he’s not playing, Dawson tries to find ways to give back to his community. He is involved in youth sports camps for soccer and baseball and also helps officiate youth soccer games.

“I’m a member of the National Honor Society, so I’m involved in blood drives, raking leaves for the elderly and other projects,” Dawson said. “I’ve helped the SHED Ministry and Central Illinois Christians In Mission collect furniture, which is redeployed to families in need.

“You never realize how fortunate you truly are until you meet someone who has lost everything, has little or is unable to do something. It is a humbling realization that value should not be placed on how many material items you possess, but instead on the fact that you have the items you need.

“By helping those in need, it has helped me to gain a better perspective of what is truly important.”

Photo credit: Chad Mitchell Photography, LLC.

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