Player of the Week: Kyle DeSouza

Kyle DeSouza

Kyle DeSouza

Kyle DeSouza has been a distance runner and sprinter, but has found his niche in Track & Field by competing in the throwing events.

“Kyle has been extremely dedicated this year in improving in his throwing events. He has qualified for States in the shot put and is close to qualifying in the javelin,” Lake Region coaches Mark Snow and Dana Caron reported. “He understands what it takes to bond a team, make a team rally, and have the team be strong. Most importantly, he has shown his coaches and teammates how to enjoy every practice and meet.”

In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Kyle is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed T-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The DeSouza File

Name: Kyle DeSouza

Year in School: Senior

Town: Naples

Parent: Ralph DeSouza

Sports you play: Varsity football, indoor and outdoor track & field

Best piece of advice you have received? “You only get out of it what you put into it,” Coach Dan Dors.

Who is your biggest fan? My dad and Sarah (Hancock), because they always push me to be better and like to see me succeed.

I know I have had a good sports day when…I set a personal record or score in the Top 3.

What is your favorite sport? Football, because I love to be physically challenged and I’m good at it.

If I could change one thing about myself as an athlete, I would change…I would change how I deal with criticism and my work ethic.

What qualities make for a good teammate and whom do you consider a good teammate? A good teammate is always encouraging and goes to all practices to make themselves and their teammates better. Kate Hall is a good teammate because she embodies all of these qualities.

What do you believe you bring to your team? I bring points at meets and I motivate other athletes to want to get better to beat me.

What characteristics do you feel make for a good coach? A good coach knows what they’re doing and motivates their athletes.

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