Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Spotlight: Lexi Heer

US Power Soccer National Team Player Lexi Heer Smiling
US Power Soccer National Team Player Lexi Heer Smiling

In power soccer, Lexi Heer's name has become synonymous with determination and triumph. As a standout member of the U.S. Power Soccer National Team, Heer's journey from humble beginnings to global recognition exemplifies her drive to break barriers and challenge stereotypes.

Heer's journey has been a remarkable testament to defying the odds right from the start. Born in China and adopted at six months old, she was later diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy—a condition that never deterred her from pursuing her dreams. Her passion for power soccer ignited at the age of five in her hometown of Fishers, Indiana. Through dedicated effort and determination, she honed her skills and earned her place on the international stage, representing the United States first as a member of the U-18 National Team in 2013, before making her senior team debut at the 2014 Copa America in Brazil, before her latest achievement of being named to the U.S. squad for the 2023 FIPFA Powerchair Football World Cup at the age of 27.

In Australia she played a pivotal role, leading the USA to a third-place finish. Her exceptional performance on the court saw her emerge as the team's top scorer, obtaining an impressive six goals throughout the tournament—an accomplishment that earned her the distinction of being the sole woman to achieve this feat at the 2023 World Cup. Heer also made two appearances as goalkeeper, keeping the clean sheet in a 2-0 win against Uruguay to round out the group stage.

When she’s not training and competing with Team USA, Heer features for RHI Sudden Impact of the U.S. Power Soccer Association’s Premier Division. Away from the court, she works as a full-time accountant in Carmel, Indiana, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics degree at Ball State University in December 2019.

As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, Heer's journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and passion, serving as a reminder that barriers are meant to be overcome. With unwavering dedication and a relentless pursuit of excellence, Heer has shattered stereotypes and paved the way for inclusivity. Her achievements transcend the realm of sports, embodying the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.

“Growing up being female, being Asian, being in a wheelchair, the odds are stacked against me,” Heer said. “Don’t let statistics define your pathway and don’t let others say you can’t do something. Always have that drive to prove people wrong.”