In her first year at the IMG Academy soccer program, 16-year-old Marta Wangard is already gaining some national attention.
Wangard was recently named the ESPN RISE Girl Athlete of the Day. From the story:
Wangard left behind her family, friends and high school in Brookfield, Wis., this year to travel to Bradenton, Fla., in order to pursue her passion for soccer. She attends IMG Academy Academy at IMG Academy, which begins at 7:20 a.m. However, she is finished with academics by 12:30 p.m. Wangard is given a short break and then from 2:45 p.m. until approximately 6 p.m., it's all soccer.
"I was just looking to step up my game and just to take a next step in life," she said. "Since I want to go to a pretty top level college, I felt like this would really help me prepare for that. It was a tough decision, but hopefully, it will teach me a lot and make me a better player and person."