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Louisville soccer player wins award for local nonprofit

Racing Louisville’s Jaelin Howell won a $25,000 donation to Down Syndrome of Louisville.

A Racing Louisville FC soccer player dribbles the ball.

Jaelin Howell is Racing Louisville’s captain on the field, and is helping the Derby City community off it.

Photo by Chris Humphrey

This year, Jaelin Howell brought in thousands of dollars for a local nonprofit, and led her team to its most wins ever — talk about making an impact.

The Racing Louisville soccer midfielder and captain recently won the Nationwide Community Impact Award from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

The award recognizes Howell’s work with Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL), which will receive a $25,000 donation as part of the award.

Each of the 12 teams in the NWSL nominate one player for the award, and it’s then decided by a panel of judges + fan votes.

Howell’s involvement with DSL began because of a family friend with Down syndrome. This soccer season, she threw a prom-style dance for DSL members + helped raise money for the nonprofit.

DSL is a leading Down syndrome organization and lends support from birth. It’s the only association in the US to receive a gold accreditation from national group Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action.

Learn how you can support them, too.