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Seattle Academy Senior Receives Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year Award

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Above: Emily helping community members in Honduras dig a trench for piping water to a nearby village.

Last week, Emily Piette ’18 was selected as the 13 and up winner for the Sounders FC Youth Club Partner Humanitarian of the Year.  Each Sounders FC youth partner club nominated four individuals, two nominees in the 12 and under age group and two nominees in the 13 and over age group. The award is intended to further the Sounders FC strategic pillar to lead, serve, and invest in the community. The Humanitarian of the Year Award mirrors the Major League Soccer player’s Humanitarian of the Year Award and recognizes youth who:

  • Volunteer and make an impact in their community.
  • Display Sounder’s FC valued attributes of ambition, innovation and collaboration.
  • Show outstanding dedication to charitable efforts and serving the community.
  • Is an active participant in Sounders FC Youth Partner Clubs.

Emily was nominated by the founder and Executive Director of Water1st International, Marla Smith-Nilson.  Water1st International is a nonprofit organization that funds clean water projects in Ethiopia, Honduras, Bangladesh, Mozambique, and India. She is entering her fourth year as a member of Water1st’s high school board and is also a two-time member of their Global Fellows Program. Emily has travelled to Ethiopia and Honduras with Water1st and had raised over $11,000 to aid in funding clean water systems in El Sompopo, Honduras, and in Dima Jelliwan, Ethiopia.

Emily’s accomplishments, along with other Youth Club Humanitarian of the Year recipients, will be recognized at the October 22 Seattle Sounders FC game against the Colorado Rapids, where she will also have the chance to meet the Sounders FC Player Humanitarian of the Year.

Congratulations to Emily and her family!