GR Christian Star Wins Gatorade Michigan Football Player of the Year

Nick Cassiday’s resume grew a bit on Thursday.

He was already a state champion, a Dream Team selection and an All-American.

The recent Grand Rapids Christian graduate can now add Gatorade Michigan Boys Football Player of the Year honors for the 2021-22 season. He is the first Grand Rapids Christian player to win the award in its 37th year in history.

Cassiday, linked to the University of Michigan, scored 36 goals and registered 10 assists for the Eagles last fall. He ended his career with 74 goals and 41 assists.

Cassiday helped lead the Eagles soccer team to the Division 2 state championship in 2021, and he earned Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Dream Team honors for the second consecutive season. He was also a 2021 United Soccer Coaches High School All-American selection.

The Gatorade Award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Cassiday maintained a weighted GPA of 4.14 in class. Cassiday went on a service trip to South Africa where he volunteered at an orphanage. He has also donated his time coaching youth soccer and basketball.

Cassiday is now eligible for the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award, which will be announced in June.

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