New Britain soccer standout Cameron Naples has officially decided to take his talents to Boston as he has recently committed to play at Emmanuel College. However, before the former Hurricane heads to the big city he will be attending Kent School for a post graduate year.
Naples said he has made a ton of memories while attending New Britain and is looking forward to the future.
“I’m excited to be around more mature people and I think Kent will be a good start to prepare me for the next level both academically and athletically,” he said.
Naples began playing soccer basically as soon as he could walk. He said the game rubbed off on him from his mother and grandfather, who was a professional soccer player from Scotland.
In three seasons of varsity soccer for New Britain, Naples earned All-Central Connecticut Conference honors in his senior year. He was also named team captain twice and led his team to the state tournament in both his sophomore and senior year.
He said soccer is “just who I am.”
“It makes you feel important,” Naples said. “It makes you feel like you have a talent and your accomplishing something out there. It really makes you feel like a valued person. You’re part of a team. I think the team camaraderie is definitely what I like most about soccer.”
He said earning All-CCC was a great accomplishment and a goal he set for himself at the beginning of the season.
“There’s a lot of competition out there and there’s a lot of good players,” he said. “When coach told me I made it I was very happy. It was a great way to cap off my high school career.”
During his junior year, the soccer season was suspended due to covid-19. He said the loss of his junior year and his current age of 17 are two of the main reasons why he wanted to look into going to prep school.
Naples believes that having an extra year will allow him to develop more in soccer as well as mature as a person.
“The first thing that drew me to Kent was I really like their coach,” Naples said. “Out of all the coaches I talked to I really liked him the most. I also like the ruralness of Kent. It is really out in the woods and it’s a really small, antique town. It was definitely the most beautiful campus I had seen.”
Another factor that led to his decision to attend Kent was his love for music. Naples, whose mother is a music teacher, began playing the violin in the fourth grade. He said over the years he just stuck with it and will now continue playing for the Kent orchestra.
As for Emmanuel College, Naples first received interest from the school while playing for a club team. One of the coaches approached him and invited him to campus. He said when he went on the visit and fell in love with how the campus sits in downtown Boston.
“I really like the school so it was a perfect match for me,” he said. “The thing I like about Boston is that it has a city feel, but it’s not too busy and overwhelming like New York. That’s a little too busy for me, but Boston has that nice balance.”
Naples will be studying political science at Emmanuel College. He said his experience working on local campaigns has given him an interest in politics although he admits that he likes to be in the background. He said his dream job is to be the chief of staff for a campaign.