A 12-year-old Beaverton girl's amazing soccer juggling act is getting some love online from a U.S. Women's National Team star.
Katelyn Penner's video of her juggling a soccer ball all around the Portland metro area has more than 2,300 views on YouTube.
Katelyn's personal juggling record, set at the age of 10, is 5,000 touches without the ball hitting the ground. That took about 50 minutes.
Sure, it's an impressive number, but juggling a ball in place started to get "a little boring" for her. So she started taking part in YouTube skill challenges posted by U.S. Women's National Team player Yael Averbuch.
"They inspired her to try some different things," said Loren Penner, Katelyn's father.
Katelyn's completed skill challenges were posted to YouTube, but it's her recent juggling act around Beaverton and Portland that takes the cake.
The "walkabout" starts at her home in Beaverton, crosses a neighborhood bridge, heads to Chehalem Elementary School and then tours the Nike campus. She eventually ends up in front of Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns, but not before a quick trip through the Dairy Queen drive-through.
Averbuch even commented on the YouTube video, saying "This is awesome!!!!!"
The video was taken over the course of a couple sunny days earlier this month. It was inspired by Penner's favorite U.S. Women's National Team Player, Tobin Heath, who plays for the Portland Thorns and made her own "walkabout" video a few years ago.
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