Special Olympics Athlete of the Month: Matt Meisel

Santa Barbara Special Olympics soccer coach Jerry Siegel introduces the Athlete of the Month, Matt Meisel.

Santa Barbara Special Olympics soccer coach Jerry Siegel introduces the Athlete of the Month, Matt Meisel.

Matt Meisel was honored for his performance with the soccer team at the North Region Games in Santa Maria.

Coach Jerry Siegel noted that Matt is in his first year playing soccer in Santa Barbara, but he has a family soccer history in town. His father, Alex, was a standout goalkeeper at Santa Barbara High and his great grandfather also played soccer for the Dons.

“He’s a real joy to coach,” said Siegel of Matt.

The team Matt played on in Santa Maria earned a bronze medal. He also won individual silver and bronze medals in the passing and shooting competitions.

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