COLUMBIA — David O'Rourke, 14, plays soccer because he likes team games and likes to run. Soccer lets him do both.
David has been playing recreational soccer since he was in kindergarten. He moved to the competitive league in the sixth grade, playing for the TriCity Select team.
"Playing sports makes me feel like a better person because I feel more involved with the players," he said. "It also lets me help people, which makes me feel great."
David, from Columbia, comes from a sports-playing family. His mother played basketball, his father played football and soccer, and his brother plays lacrosse and soccer.
At the Show-Me State Games, he played as forward and defense for his team at Saturday's game, despite an ankle he sprained while playing basketball.
"I have a high tolerance for pain," he said. "I played a football game earlier this year with a broken arm."
Although he has had people tell him he is a leader, David prefers not to brag. Instead, he likes to lay low and relax, spending time with his friends at the swimming pool or the mall.
David will be joining Rock Bridge High School this fall. His goal is to be a kicker at MU.
In addition to soccer, David plays basketball, baseball and football.
"My absolute favorite sport is football because I like contact sports," he said. "I'm going to try to be a football kicker at Rock Bridge."
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