CHARLOTTE – The NCHSAA honored Ardrey Kell soccer coach Kim Montgomery with the distinction of being one of the Homer Thompson “Eight who make a difference” award.
Sponsored by Farm Bureau, the eight winners were selected by virtue of their commitment to sportsmanship and leadership. These recipients served as excellent role models to their student athletes with their positive and dedicated approach to the coaching profession.
Hickory Ridge soccer coach Carrie Maxwell and Providence coach Robb Bolar nominated Montgomery for the award.
“Kim is an ambassador for women’s soccer and is selfless in making a positive impact in the community,” Maxwell said. “A player was paralyzed over the summer in a jet ski accident. Kim organized the ‘McKena Strong’ Invitational, a 19-team jamboree … Kim had all 19 teams from the event donate a shirt from their program and had a quilt created to give it to the injured player. Her hard work also raised over $5,000 to donate to the family and was able have her meet the US Women’s National Soccer Team. When there is a need, Kim finds a way to solve the problem. She demonstrates not only what great coaches can do for a community, but also exhibits the character and leadership that all young people should aspire to emulate.”