Reed Wins Football Gold in Kuwait

Thomas Reed, a June graduate of the high school, was one of 45 players selected to represent the U.S. at the 2014 International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship in Kuwait. Reed was the first football player from Long Island to be selected for the team, which captured the gold medal. The trip had personal meaning for Reed, whose father, Richard, served in the U.S. Army in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm in 1990.

The national team was assembled by USA Football and coached by Aaron Brady of Pennsylvania’s Malvern Preparatory School. After a training camp at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., Reed and his teammates headed to Kuwait where they competed from July 7-16 in the tournament as part of an eight-nation field including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Kuwait and Mexico.

After beating Mexico, 49-14, in the opening game, with Reed tipping a 41-yard field goal, the Americans went on to defeat Germany, 54-0, in a game highlighted by Reed’s seven tackles and a sack. In the July 16 championship game at Kuwait City’s Al-Salmiya Stadium, the U.S. beat Canada, 40-17.

“I plan to take it and run with it,” said Reed, excited for the chance to show his defensive skills on an international stage. “It’s a huge blessing and a great opportunity to get recognized.” Staying focused is Reed’s primary goal, along with a constant quest to improve. “Whatever I do is never good enough,” he said. “That’s how you get better and compete.”

Reed, a star member of the Falcons football squad and the school’s 2013 homecoming king last October, will be attending Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania this fall.