Choctaw's Rebekah George craving more during senior season
CHOCTAW — Rebekah George doesn’t want to settle. She craves more.
She wants state records. More victories. More time to volunteer.
So far this spring, Choctaw’s senior forward hasn’t had trouble scoring goals. Her plan is to break the Class 6A girls scoring record while leading the Yellowjackets back to the playoffs.
Through four games, George has recorded 15 goals and three hat tricks, which is halfway to last season’s total of 30. Former Norman North star Yazmeen Ryan netted 38 goals in 2017, which is believed to be the Class 6A record.
George’s offensive prowess was a big reason why Choctaw broke a 23-year postseason drought last year. She signed with Memphis in November but chose to play this spring instead of enrolling early. She wanted one last chance to see what the Yellowjackets could do and what personal goals she could achieve.
“We only lost two seniors, so the possibility of getting back to the playoffs is pretty high if we keep our heads straight,” George said.
George finished on The Oklahoman’s All-City girls soccer first team in 2018.
Many times, soccer athletes who have signed with a college will leave early for the next level of competition. For George, that wasn’t a priority. She said her relationship with coach Alisha Davis was something she didn’t want to break so soon.
George is close with Davis’ daughter, giving the coach more time to learn about her player away from a competition setting.
Her off-the-field involvement doesn’t take away from her production on the pitch. It’s something Davis said makes George so special.
“She’s just a tremendous person,” Davis said.
When she isn’t dribbling past defenders, scoring goals or studying, George is likely volunteering at the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma. Starting this school year, she got involved with Students Assisting Students, a class that pairs students with teachers at different schools to help work with children who have disabilities.
George quickly fell in love with helping others, so she didn't stop there. That’s when she found the Down Syndrome Association. There, she helps tutor among other duties. Because of her growing involvement with the program, she was put on payroll earlier this week.
Soccer is George’s life, but she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do when it was time to hang the cleats up. Now, George is pursuing special education, and she wants to become a teacher to help others who need it, however many it may be.
“You just meet all these different people in special education,” George said. “The people who work with these kids have the biggest hearts, and it’s just amazing.”