Sarah Moorji knows about recognition. The NAIT Ooks women’s soccer team captain, Alberta Soccer Merit winner, 3-time ACAC All-Conference Top midfielder, 5-time National scholar, 3-time Academic All-Canadian, NAIT 2021/2022 Leadership Award recipient, and ACAC Futsal All-Star Team member, has had an extremely successful career in soccer while fulfilling her studies. She started playing the sport from a very young age: “growing up I was involved in many sports. I played hockey, soccer, and track and field. I loved playing soccer at recess with my brother and knew I wanted to play competitively. My parents signed me up at age 9 to play in a competitive league and that was the year my journey in soccer started”, Sarah confessed.
But all those record-breaking seasons and trophies have not overshadowed her humble and good-natured spirit. During COVID times, she found that many children were not able to play soccer, affecting their physical and social abilities. Knowing that all those young athletes were stuck at home, she took her computer and decided to virtually teach technical soccer drills to kids from ages 5 to 13. “They were able to interact with one another, play games and enjoy playing soccer at all levels. I was able to expand this program throughout Canada, the United States and internationally”.
Her good deeds didn’t stop there. Sarah also created a fundraiser in honour of her late grandparents. In her own words, “I was able to fundraise $3,000 to the Aga Khan Foundation. This institution helps support individuals in third world countries with basic necessities for living as well as emergency recovery methods.”