Gaither has maintained a 3.94 GPA in the classroom. She has made a verbal commitment to play soccer on scholarship at Furman University beginning in the fall of 2020.
Gaither has volunteered locally at a food bank and with an animal rescue organization. She has also donated her time with Project 101, which gathers school supplies for children in the Philippines.
Gaither joins recent Gatorade state girls soccer players of the year Rachel Jones (2016-17, Collins Hill), Ella Stevens (2015-16 and 2014-15, Grayson), Jennifer Westendorf (2013-14, Grayson), Rachel Garcia (2012-13, Greater Atlanta Christian), Emily Sonnett (2011-12, Fellowship Christian), Morgan Brian (2010–11 & 2009-10, Frederica Academy), Laura Eddy (2008–09, Marist), Ashley Baker (2007-08, Parkview) and Marah Falle (2006-07, Parkview) among the state’s list of former award winners.
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Gaither will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.
Gaither is a finalist for the Gatorade national player of the year award to be announced later this month.