Elizabethtown-Lewis goalkeeper Brock Marvin fires off a goal kick against AuSable Valley Sept. 1. The game was Marvin’s first since heart transplant surgery.
Brock Marvin knew that people gravitated to his story, but did not know how much.
Now he knows he is one of 12 high school soccer standouts that fans voted to be potentially honored with a national award.
Marvin was one of 12 finalists for the Inspireum Soccer Awards, which honor students “not because of their statistical performance, but because of their ability both on and off the soccer field to inspire teammates, classmates, families and communities,” according to the organization’s website.
“I understand more now why people say that this is inspiring and it makes a difference,” Marvin said about being voted into the final selection process for the award. “Going as far as I have and seeing the support that people have given me and voted online, it’s pretty nice.”
Marvin added that he felt people could learn from each of the people who were nominated for this award, including AuSable Valley girls midfielder Megan Colby.
“The fact that there were all of these different athletes and to hear and see how much character each one of these people showed and all under different circumstances is amazing,” Marvin said. “There were over 250 who were eligible for this, and they all had a story to tell.”
Marvin’s story of overcoming a life-threatening heart condition, receiving a heart transplant and returning to the soccer field and the game that he loved was nominated by his brother, Connor.
“That was really nice of him,” Brock said, pausing for a moment. “He’s a wonderful kid. He looks out for me and I look out for him. I was surprised that he did this.”
Brock said that his brother found out about the award through Colby, who had made the semifinals in the awards process.
Connor then wrote a nomination letter and sent it to the organization.
“He went online and wrote this, and it just took off from there,” Brock said.
Connor is currently a patient at the Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is awaiting the same transplant surgery as Brock went through one year ago.
Brock is now one of 12 players who will be looked at in the finals by a soccer all-star panel that includes a former men’s national team coach, a broadcasting icon and a women’s hall of famer, along with current men’s national coach and German National Team standout Jurgen Klinsmann.
“I hope he would take me into consideration,” Brock said about having his story read by the national team’s skip. “I’m glad that he will be glancing at my name, hopefully more than once.”
The finalists are up for a total of $25,000 in scholarship awards, with each receiving $1,000. The winner will receive a $7,500 scholarship, with three runners-up receiving $2,500; along with $1,500 for a male and female that earn the most online votes.
The winners will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 2. with a banquet to be held in Kansas City, Mo. on Jan. 14 at the NSCAA Convention.
“It would be pretty cool to be a part of that,” Brock said.
For more on the Inspireum Soccer Awards and its parent company, The Trusted Sports Foundation, visit the website www.inspireumsoccerawards.com.
To vote for Brock, go to www.inspireumsoccerawards.com/soccer/nominee/1169/Brock-Marvin.aspx.