It was a proud day at Clinton High School last Wednesday as senior Jamison Kidd signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Mount Olive College next year. She will receive a four-year scholarship.
Kidd, who was an All-Region player her sophomore year and then the only defender picked for the All-State team last year, was thrilled to finally put in writing which school she would attend.
The decision to join the Trojan squad was “a no-brainer,” according to Kidd.
“I was looked at by a lot of different schools, but the Mount Olive coach, Matthew Hisler, was more persuasive than the others, and he reminded me of my high school coach (Jeff Smith). He was very encouraging,” Kidd explained.
She said a trip to the school back in October sealed the deal for her.
“I visited the school and got a chance to play with the team. They were real welcoming toward me and made me feel like a part of their family. I knew it was the right place,” Kidd added with a smile.
Her plans are to major in physical therapy or sports training.
Dark Horse coach Jeff Smith was by her side, as were her parents, David and Deltra Kidd, when Jamison made it official with her signature.
Both parents talked about how proud and excited they are to see their daughter take this next step in her life.
“We are so proud of her. I know the Lord put her at Mount Olive, so I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for her,” Deltra Kidd said after the signing.
Beaming proudly at his center defender, Coach Smith said he will certainly miss her in the 2014 season, but that Mount Olive is getting a great player.
“I think it’s great that she’s getting this opportunity. Mount Olive is one of the top Division II schools in women’s soccer. She deserves it. She’s worked hard for a long, long time. I know a few players at Mount Olive and Jamison will fit right in with them,” he said.