Kays selected for Olympic Development Program

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Evan Kays, 14, has been chosen along with 17 other girls in her age group from around the state to participate on Kentucky Regional Olympic Development Program soccer team, according to a news release.

She and her teammates will compete at the ODP Regional Event in Rockford, Illinois, July 11-13.

Selection for the ODP team began with tryouts in August of 2013 and through a series of trainings, along with regional scrimmages with Indiana and Ohio Olympic Development Programs, progressed through two stages where cuts were made to get to the final number of 18 players to attend the regional event.

Kays will be a freshman at Anderson County High School this fall.

She competed with the Lexington FC ‘00 in the United States Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Tournament in Dayton, Ohio in June.

The regional tournament included champions from 12 different states.

The Olympic Development Program is a national program to identify and develop youth players to represent their state, region, and country in soccer competitions, according to the news release.

Kays is the daughter of Travis and Jenny Kays of Lawrenceburg.