Meridian Star

April 18, 2013

Brown uses his head on and off field

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Don’t tell Meridian Youth Soccer Organization’s Kaden Brown that soccer is not a contact sport. The seven-year-old member of the Newton County Chargers will do just about anything to put the ball in the net.

    “Some of the people ask me if he has much regard for his body,” Brown’s mother Kristi Smith said. “He just gets out there, he’ll slide and kick it. He doesn’t mind getting hurt.”

    Due to his physical nature, it comes as a surprise to no one that Brown’s favorite sport is football. However, Smith said if he isn’t too busy tossing around the pigskin, Brown normally has a soccer ball at his feet.

    “He’s just very active,” Smith said. “He has the ball at his feet or in his hands during all times at home.”

    Brown has been playing soccer for three years and enjoys getting out and playing with his friends on the team. On the soccer pitch, Brown’s favorite move is the header. While the move is hard to perfect, Brown gave some simple advice for the people at home.

    “You just run up to it and hit it.” Brown said.

    If he’s not using his head for soccer, Brown might have it buried in a book. The all-A student, Brown is an avid reader and enjoys reading the Jeff Kinney series Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

    “He’s a very good student,” Smith said. “He makes all A’s and really enjoys reading. He’s got to be on like No. 5 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

    Soccer runs deep in the Brown family, as Kaden’s sister Kailee Brown is a varsity member of the Newton County High School soccer team. Smith said Kailee has helped her brother throughout the years. Smith is also pregnant and expecting another baby girl. Who knows, maybe it wont be long before Kaden is teaching his little sister how to head a soccer ball.