Community Christian’s Michael Anderson – Driven Athlete of the Month Presented by Landers Auto


By Kelsey Baucom

Community Christian senior Michael Anderson has played soccer for over a decade, most recently on the Crusaders’ varsity team as defensive mid. Unfortunately, Anderson suffered a torn ACL during football season, and even after working diligently to recover in time for soccer, he injured his ACL again after only two games.

Despite all of this, Anderson’s dedication and work ethic have not wavered. Noble boys soccer coach Joe Blough has seen Anderson’s driven attitude firsthand and commends him for his perseverance.

“Michael’s season didn’t go the way he or we wanted,” said Coach Blough. “He worked so hard to get back for his senior season, playing two games before injuring his ACL again. Now Michael is a great example of hard work, dedication, and facing challenges head on. I have no doubt Michael will do great things in the future.”

Over the years Anderson’s teammates have had an impact on him, always pushing him to be better. He also has his father and brother to thank for instilling that in him.


“My teammates are mostly what keep me striving to try to make myself a better athlete and person,” he said. “My dad and brother have influenced me. My brother was the one who started pushing me to always get better, and my dad has helped me grow in all areas of my life.”

Anderson’s favorite memory playing soccer for the Bears is when he scored his first varsity goal.

“My favorite memory is scoring my first varsity goal junior year because it was a fun game to play in because the weather was bad, and my teammate made a good play and I was lucky enough to be there and finish it,” he said.

Anderson acknowledges that his senior year was much harder and more disappointing than he could’ve expected, but aside from his injury he has enjoyed it. He is truly a “comeback athlete” who will continue to overcome whatever obstacles may stand in his way. After graduation he plans on joining the Navy, and says that he looks forward to being able to protect this country.