Soccer sends fourth-grader overseas

By Greg Gelpi

With a few swift kicks, one local elementary student earned a trip to England.

Kamilah Bostic, a fourth-grader at Suder Elementary, earned a spot on a Sports Tours USA soccer team that will compete in England this summer.

At 10 years old, she has played soccer for more than half of her life and her aggressive style of play on both sides of the ball has placed her among the top up-and-coming players in Georgia. She admitted that her favorite part of the sport is the slide tackle, sliding feet first to tackle the ball, a sample of her aggressive nature.

"I just wanted to try it and see if I liked it," she said of the game.

And her mother said just a taste of soccer kicked off her passion for the sport.

"She seems to have grown to love it," Kim Bostic, her mother, said. "They're going to have a challenge playing some pretty professional teams."

Bostic is one of only 17 players in the state and among 300 players in the country participating in the eight-day tour of England.

Joining nine other players from across the country, Bostic will play against some of the best players in England during the Umbro Cup.

As the second highest scorer on her soccer team last season, the Lovejoy Select Soccer team, her statistics and accomplishments drew acclaim and attracted the attention of Sports Tours USA scouts.

The young soccer star added that she has always wanted to see the Tower of London because of what she has seen in movies.

"She'll be achieving one of her major dreams to see London," her mother said.

Earning a spot to play in Europe was not Kamilah Bostic's first honor. She also earned the most valuable player award at Clayton College & State University's summer soccer camp, Kim Bostic said.

Packing a lot of energy in her little body, she also plays basketball. She shines on the basketball court and shows off her skills playing for the Jonesboro First Baptist Church basketball team.

While in England, Kamilah Bostic will play in tournaments in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and London. She leaves in July.