Athlete of the Week: Haley Neligh

Haley Neligh. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Many high school seniors spend their Friday nights at the movies or the mall, but not Warren Central senior Haley Neligh. For the past two years, Haley has spent most of her Friday nights in the Warren Central gym, teaching kids of all ages about soccer.

“I started playing when I was 4 years old, and I just wanted to share the game I love with kids that age now,” said Haley. “I work with them on basic skills throughout the week. And then we play games on Friday nights, so it’s really fun.”

Gary Roberts, Warren Central’s head soccer coach, said Neligh is great with the children.

“I wish I could be as (patient) as she is,” Roberts said. “The kids love her, and she just has a terrific way with them.”

Neligh is a team captain for the Warriors, and Roberts said there are few players better for the kids to learn from.

“She’s a fantastic student, a hard worker. She has really worked her way up in our soccer program, and she’s been a real valuable part the last two seasons,” added Roberts. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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