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Amber Brooks

School

North Carolina

Position
Midfielder
Major
Communications
G
7
A
6
PTS
20

Classroom

Brooks has a cumulative GPA of 3.815. She was a 2011 CoSIDA/Capital One second-team Academic All-America and a 2010 and 2011 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District selection.  She was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2010, 2011, 2012 and Dean’s List in first six semesters at UNC—fall 2009 through spring 2012 as well as All-ACC Academic in 2009 and 2011.

Character

Brooks is a member of the UNC Student-Athlete Advisory Council, serving as team representative to a committee speaking for more than 800 student-athletes and working with UNC administrators and the athletic director. She is a graduate of the Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy’s CREED, Rising Stars, and Veteran Leader Programs. She placed top three in UNC’s Core Value rankings for “galvanizing” and “relentless.” She overcame the death of her father and “Soccer Mom” and mentor Charlotte Moran before the start of her freshman year and has excelled at a very high level.

Community

As a senior in high school, Brooks founded the “Score for the Cure” 3v3 Tournament in Honor of the late Charlotte Moran who passed away from pancreatic cancer in May 2009. Moran was not only a close friend and inspiration but played an active role in Brooks’ life and many other youth soccer players throughout the United States during her twenty-year involvement with ODP. The annual tournament for girls ages 9-13 occurs every June and in its four years of operation has raised more than $25,000 to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation, whose mission is to advance science related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Along with her UNC teammates, Brooks participated in Project Heel, which helped raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. The Project Heel Soccer Clinic hosted 150 participants and proceeds benefited the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Clinic. As part of her Small Group Communication Class, Brooks worked with Carolina Dreams, an organization that pairs Carolina student-athletes with patients from the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Brooks and her group helped expand Carolina Dreams and initiate a new program called “Heel Date.” The program, launched in April 2011, offers opportunities for children currently or previously undergoing treatment at the UNC Children’s Hospital to win a “date” with a student-athlete of their choice.

Competition

Brooks is the current captain of U23 National Team. In February 2012, she was named the MVP of the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain as the US won the championship. She has also been member of U20 and U17 national teams, playing in World Cups for both teams.  She is a four-year starter in midfield and the 2011 and 2012 UNC team captain.  She is a member of 2009 and 2010 ACC championship teams and the 2009 NCAA championship team. In 2011 she was a first-team All-ACC, 2010 second-team All-ACC, 2009 ACC All-Freshman Team.  In 2010 & 2011, she was an NSCAA All-Southeast Region selection and a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List selection in both 2010 and 2011. In 2009 she was recognized as the team’s “Rookie of the Year” award winner. In 2011 she was selected by her teammates as the team’s “Best Midfielder” and won the “Gift of Fury” award, which is bestowed to the most competitive player on the team.