Joel Shanker (Central High 1990) is a professional soccer player who still holds the Central High record for most points scored in a season.
Joel played for the St. Louis Ambush for three seasons and then the Detroit Neon and Rockers. He is recorded in record books as having scored the first goal in the Major Indoor Soccer League history (2001-02 season). The Philadelphia Kixx has been Joel’s home for five years. He was an integral part of the 2001 MISL National Championship team and was selected for three consecutive seasons to the MISL All-Star team, being recognized as the Most Valuable Player in the 2002 season.
One of the many highlights of Joel’s career was being chosen as one of a 12-man team to represent the USA on the US National Futsal Team in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2004. Joel has the distinction of being the second leading scorer for the US National Team and the ninth leading scorer in US history.
His latest honor was being selected to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at a gala ceremony in December 2005. In addition to his soccer talent, Shanker has given back to the community through speaking at schools, giving soccer clinics, and helping raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Shanker currently resides in St. Louis, MO.