by MICHELLE TREMBLAY
photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Scoring Big

For 12-year-old Paige Linden, soccer is a big part of life. “Soccer is my main hobby. My uncle plays and introduced me to it,” explained Paige. Paige is on the team for the local soccer club and has been acknowledged for her abilities on the field, including being chosen for the Cal South Pro+ State ID Player Pool in both 2013 and 2014. Not surprisingly, Paige aspires to someday play on the Women’s National Team and in the Olympics.

While it’s true that much of Paige’s energy is expended on improving her soccer skills, her efforts off the soccer field are equally impressive. Paige has received numerous honors including the Solana Highlands Certificate of Recognition for Six Pillars of Character in 2010, and the Solana Highlands Student Inspiration Award and School Learning Together Program Tutor in 2012.

“The kids I saw at the Unforgettable Prom inspire me because they battle cancer everyday with strength and courage, and no matter how hard it is they keep at it.”

Perhaps her proudest accomplishment has been the work she has done for the Friends of Scott Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families affected by childhood cancer. This year, Paige helped raise funds benefiting the Foundation’s annual Unforgettable Prom event. “With the help of my friends, family, Surf Soccer Club and the San Diego Flash I raised $730,” she stated. “My mom and I created a fundraising program we call ‘Goals for Gold’ so that people could pledge money for goals scored or shut outs during my team’s National Cup Tournament.” Paige’s team had three shut outs. “I really wanted to score because I had one person pledge $100 if I did,” she added. Paige, being a defender, never did score that goal, but the donor gifted the money anyway and her program turned out to be a huge success.

Sure, Paige is an inspiration to many, but she admits that she is equally encouraged by her peers. “The kids I saw at the Unforgettable Prom inspire me because they battle cancer everyday with strength and courage,” shared Paige, “and no matter how hard it is they keep at it.”

At-A-Glance

Name: Paige Eva Linden (12)
School: Solana Pacific
Grade: 6
Parents: Erika Soares and Scot Linden
Sibling: Sophie Linden (16)
Favorite Place in 92130: Village Mill Bread Co.