Vestavia Hills Living

2017

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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George Hatchett 44 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 7 V E S T A V I A H I L L S H I G H S C H O O L The girls soccer program at VHHS has experienced success in recent years, and when Coach Brigid Littleton began submitting the team's schedule and results to MaxPreps last year, the team immediately began earning top rankings. Last year, the girls varsity team finished at No. 1 in the nation, and the team was ranked in the top spot again this coming year. The 48 girls involved in the soccer program—21 on JV, 21 on varsity and six managers—have been successful because of their "complete buy-in and commitment to doing what it takes to be successful," Littleton says. That means working harder than anyone else, supporting each other on and off the field, and focusing on the team rather than being self-serving. "We buy in to the idea that no matter what happens, no matter what we do, no matter what we have to do, we do it with a good positive attitude," Littleton says. "That means if someone has a bad day at school, as soon as she gets on the field, it's a great day. If it's raining, we love rain. If it's 90 degrees, we love the heat. If we have to run 10 hill sprints, we love running hill sprints. Any condition, we turn it into a positive. Does this mean everyone loves rain, heat, and hills? No, it just means we embrace it and make it work for us, and we tell ourselves we love it. We make it a reality." Littleton also credits a solid coaching staff, supportive parents and talented team leaders with helping to build the soccer program that is teaching the girls important life lessons like working hard, working together and supporting each other. "It has taken years to create the atmosphere we have," she says. "The buy-in begins the first day of school for each freshman. They learn what true commitment and team is by working individually and together to be a better teammate. From that day forth, it's a constant journey of growth."

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