Amber Holstine has always been the kind of girl who gave 100 percent in everything she does, especially on the soccer field. She was excited about playing her senior year at John Marshall High School when she received the devastating diagnosis. She had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She also had the support of the people both in her school and her community.
Her soccer team held an alumni game, sold bracelets with her name on them, and held a bake sale to support the whole family. People throughout the community wanted to help. Even the volleyball team pitched in and played a benefit game in Amber’s honor.
The girls’ soccer coach, Jesus Montes, wanted to make sure Amber knew she was still part of the team, even when she was too sick to play. At each game she was able to attend, including Senior Night, she was announced as a starter and met her teammates on the field.
Her mother said, “She has a lot of people who really care about her. She’s touched a lot of lives where she didn’t even realize.”
And because Amber is the kind of girl who always gives 100 percent, we, at CFL wanted to give 100 percent back to her. For her Sporting Experience, CFL sent her to Texas to watch the Women’s National Soccer Team play against New Zealand. Amber got to practice with the team, hang out in the locker room, and meet two of the star players, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. She even got to do the coin toss at the start of the game.
It was the trip of a lifetime for Amber and her family, and a chance for the girl who is a hero to so many to meet some heroes of her own.