Name: Kaio Dasilva
Athletic accomplishment: As of Wednesday, Dasilva has 14 goals and four assists, scoring in all eight games of the season and leading the Vikings (7-1) to a third-place ranking in the state. He’s been named MVP in two tournaments. He’s a four-year starter and was named to the all-section team twice. He’s also a two-time all state player.
Academic accomplishment: Dasilva has a 89.80 average. He’s taken two college courses. He scored a combined 1,500 on the SATs. He led the National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day by organizing Crazy Hat Day raising over $600 on Sept. 25. Dasilva’s a member of the Peer leadership Club. He volunteers time to local youth soccer clubs. He’s helped fundraise for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and other Cancer Awareness groups. He’s worked with D.A.R.E. in school.
Getting to know Kaio Dasilva
The Journal News: What’s your fondest soccer memory from when you were a kid?
Kaio Dasilva: When I was 6 years old, my cousin told me to play for his team in Port Chester, and they put me in the back. My dad was a center back so I was fine with it. A ball came to me and I tried to trap the ball with my knees but it went straight through my legs. I’ll never forget that.
TJN: Looking back to that moment to where you are now, having scored 14 goals in eight games, are you amazed at how far you’ve come in the sport?
KD: I never thought I’d be doing this. It just comes from hard work and things happen when you put in the work.
TJN: Are you surprised at how well your season is going?
KD: Like Larry Bird said, if you play 100 percent 100 percent of the time, things will happen for you. That’s what I’ve been doing and focusing on.
TJN: Besides Old Dominion, what other schools are you looking at for next year?
KD: Binghamton and Lafayette, but Old Dominion has shown the greatest interest so far so it’s at the top of my list.
TJN: Do you know what you want to study?
KD: I’m not sure but I’m leaning towards business.
TJN: What was it like to work with D.A.R.E?
KD: When I was in sixth-grader, these big people came into my classroom and started talking about DARE. Fast forward a couple of years and I’m that big person that I looked up to those years ago. I loved when the kids would ask me questions so it was a good experience.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.