Chickasha’s Victor Avila – Athlete of the Month Presented by Bank of Commerce Chickasha

Chickasha junior Victor Avila wasn’t hooked on soccer right from the start, but with a little help from his brother he discovered how much he enjoyed the sport.

“Soccer didn’t amaze me when I was younger so I decided not to play again until I was in the seventh grade and I’ve been playing ever since,” said Avila. “My brother wanted me to play for his youth soccer team in seventh grade so that is what kickstarted it.”

Now, Avila will tell you that his favorite thing about competing is, “the joy after all the hard work you put. You feel like all that hard work finally paid off.”

His teammates are also a big part of what Avila loves about playing for Chickasha High. He says that they are hard workers who are always hungry for success.

“My teammates are everything to our team,” he said. “It’s a team sport that involves 11 players on the field at once. They always want to be the best in the state and we strive to be the best.”

Avila stays motivated by thinking of his family and coaches who have supported and mentored him over the years, always pushing him to be his best.

“My coaches, Anthony Klipp and Damon Mantooth, always tell me that I’m playing well but I could always play better,” he said. “My brothers will tell me that you need to get better so you can go far in the season.”

Outside of playing soccer for his high school, Avila is enrolled in the Automotive Collision Technology program at Canadian Valley Technology Center. He enjoys his class and appreciates the valuable life skills he is learning.

“I picked that field to learn about cars,” he said. “My favorite thing about that class is that we are learning and having a great time. The classes are teaching me life skills that I will need when I’m an adult.”

After high school Avila’s plans are not certain, but he hopes to continue his education and major in health and fitness management.