A first-year soccer player who previously played baseball since 5
years old with the Manhattan Beach Pony League, Isaiah decided to
switch to soccer after discovering most of his friends were playing
soccer and loving it.
Isaiah attends Alta Vista Elementary in Redondo Beach as a 4th
grader this year. This 9-year old's favorite subjects are math
and spelling and he already loves his teacher Ms. Washburn.
Although he is extremely shy, therefore finding being interviewed
kind of tough, he makes friends easily and is very social.
Isaiah is an only child who lives with Mom and is named for a
prominent prophet in the King James Bible (Isaiah) and his
maternal grandfather (Howard Lee Eddings), who died before Isaiah
was born. Isaiah's Grandpa was a great man who accomplished many
goals in his lifetime, including attaining a Bachelor's degree while
he was a husband and parent. With three daughters and no sons,
there was no one to carry on the family name. It didn't bother
Grandpa, but it always bothered Isaiah's Mom, so Isaiah's Mom
remedied that by giving Isaiah's Grandpa's full name: Isaiah
"Howard Lee Eddings".
At the first soccer practice of the Bloody Knights, Isaiah decided
that soccer would now be his favorite sport. He says it's exciting
because of plenty of action and you don't have to wait around for
the ball to come to you, you go to the ball. He also likes the way
Coach Carl keeps him in touch when he should be handling the ball.
Isaiah played his first ever soccer game this past Saturday,
September 10 at Tulita Elementary. He was worried because he
doesn't yet know the rules as well as the others and was
concentrating very hard to keep up with his team mates and not let
them down. When the most fantastic thing that could happen
happened (as far as Isaiah is concerned) and he kicked a field goal
for the team, he said it was the best feeling in the world and if it
never happens again, he knows what it feels like now. He also
thought it was nice of Coach Henry of the other team to congratulate
Being a boy of few words and too shy to express his excitement at
the game, he got into the car with his Mom after the game, smiled
hugely with shining eyes and said, "Did you see that Mom? That was
Isaiah thinks that kids with brothers and sisters are lucky and that
makes him popular with the younger siblings of his friends. Isaiah
is not only just an only child, he is also the only nephew, boy
cousin, grandson and great-grandson on either side of his family.
When asked what others say most about him, Isaiah replied, "that I'm
a nice kid with manners." What Isaiah hates most about his
life? Getting a haircut, which happens at least twice a
month because he hates grooming his hair. He says he's thinking of
growing dreadlocks to avoid the haircuts. Who else is
special in Isaiah's life? his "Big Brother" from Big
Brothers of America, Justin Simon, who Isaiah thinks is the
"coolest" and has a wonderful relationship with. Justin and
Isaiah get together at least twice a month to do "guy things" and
have "guy talks." Other extra-curricular activities:
Isaiah is a 4th year Cub Scout, now a Webelos (one more year to the
Boy Scouts), and loves the camping, den meetings, and outings
involved with scouting and hopes to become an Eagle Scout someday.
What does he want to be when he grows up:
President of the United States and/or a fireman and/or a policeman.
And what does Coach Carl have to say about this player:
"Isaiah is fast and alert, always ready to make the play. While he
is new to this game, he has all the potential of being a real play
maker. We are going to use his speed and ability on break-out plays
designed to quickly control the attacking end of the field. Isaiah
has the one thing that you can never teach a player..a burning
That's the wonderful thing about being a kid, you can dream big
and make those dreams come true if you have an effective plan and
follow it through. Have a great season Isaiah!!!
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite sport: Soccer
Pets: Two beta fish named Laurel and Hardy
Best School Subjects: Math and Spelling
Favorite downtime activity: Legos and marbles (he has tons of both)
Favorite Comedy Team: The Three Stooges