Claire Novak is a senior at Arizona School for the Arts. She has been volunteering with GOALS since the fall of 2015, and after being a Team Leader in the 2017-18 season, Claire was named a Program Director for the Arizona chapter. Outside of GOALS, Claire enjoys playing alto saxophone, flute, and piano as well as participating in her school’s choir and Mock Trial team. She also established a Student Wellness Initiative at her school through which she has written a peer-led wellness curriculum and designed a peer-training program. Claire serves as the President of the AZ Science Center Teen Board and is a Lead Ambassador at her school. Other places she enjoys volunteering are HeartBEATS and The Welcome to America Project.
Ethan Horvath is the South Bend Program Director and a senior at Saint Joseph High School. He co-founded and is the president of Saint Joseph High School Best Buddies, which strives to provide inclusion and equal opportunities to everyone, but especially for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also attended the Best Buddies International Leadership Conferences in 2019 and 2020. Over the last two summers, he has worked for Partners in Opportunities by providing services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is also the student body president, an active member of student ambassadors and National Honor Society, as well as a four-year varsity soccer player at his high school.
Want to help us create a more inclusive community through unified soccer? Consider volunteering with GOALS! Our events could not succeed without volunteers — you don't even have to play on the soccer field. We often need help with registration, photography, and planning. The day is fun and fulfilling, and no special skills are required!
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Josh Kaplan is an undergraduate Robert W. Woodruff Scholar at Emory University. He created GOALS in 2015 with the mission of leveraging inclusion through sports. Josh currently serves on Plan International's Global Youth Advisory Board and leads Emory's chapter of Consult Your Community, where he works with minority-owned small businesses and nonprofits. Most notably, he was honored as a 2020 Truman Scholar, a Bryan Cameron Impact Scholar, and one of Ashoka's top ten changemakers in the United States.
Josh spends his free time hiking, reading books in his hammock, and whistling competitively.
Ethan Horvath, Program Director
Riley Novak is a senior at Arizona School for the Arts and has been involved with the Arizona chapter of GOALS since 2015. After becoming a team leader in 2017, she joined Claire as Program Director of the Arizona chapter in 2018. In addition to working with GOALS, Riley is the founder of HeartBEATS (http://heartbeatsaz.org), a youth-led organization that creates meaningful connections between newly-arrived refugees and their host community through music programs, activities, and private lessons. With partners like The Welcome to America Project, Lutheran Social Services, and the International Rescue Committee, HeartBEATS has been able to share dozens of new and gently used musical instruments to refugees of all ages. At school, Riley is a Lead Ambassador with her school’s ambassador program, co-hosts the podcast, “In Tune with ASA”, and is co-president of the Mock Trial team. Her passion for music has inspired her to advocate annually for the inclusion of arts in the state budget and to promote the benefits of arts education for all K-12 students. Riley recently became a member of The Human Hive, an international community of change makers dedicated to socially responsible leadership.
Claire Novak, Program Director
Josh Kaplan, Founder
Riley Novak, Program Director