18 Under 18: Shaylee Ward

American Heart Association's top youth fund-raiser in Texas honors late father

Updated: February 29, 2012, 1:14 AM ET
By Walter Villa | ESPNHS GIRL Magazine

ESPNHS is honoring 18 male and 18 female teen athletes who are doing remarkable things on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. Click here to read about them.

Every time Shaylee Ward steps onto a soccer field, she reconnects with her father, who died of heart failure when he was only 29.

"He loved soccer," Ward said. "When I play, I feel so close to him."

Now a 16-year-old sophomore at Katy (Texas), Ward was 7 when her dad, Cody, passed ...

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