The Nomination:Brooklynn goes to Pennridge High School and plays for the high school soccer team. She also plays for Eastern Pennsylvania’s Olympic Development Program and for Continental Football Club. She is playing for the first ever @phillyonestar women's team and plays in the @wpsi.
Image by USYS Soccer Photography
How did you become interested in soccer and how did you start? I have played soccer since I was 3 years old and ever since then I have had a passion for soccer.
What kind of community comes with being a part of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Olympic Development Program? EPYSA and ODP has provided me with the opportunity to play with an amazing group of girls who also feel passionately about the game. When we are on and off the field, there is a sense of family. We love to compete and represent East PA, but we also have a strong friendship and bonds that will last when we end our ODP run this year.
Tell me a little bit about the Continental Football Club. Continental Football Club (CFC) is a travel soccer team that I have joined this year. I love all the coaches there and my team (U-17 NPL) make soccer even more fun. They are a highly competitive club and we travel often for our games.
What position do you play on your teams? I am a full-time goalkeeper. Ever since I was 10 years old, I decided that I wanted to play goalkeeper because it was the right fit for me and the position I enjoyed most playing.
What opportunities will you receive for being a member of the Brand New Philadelphia Lonestar team? Getting to play with the Philadelphia Lonestar team will allow me to see a whole new perspective to soccer. The level of talent this team has is something I am so excited to be a part of. Playing for this team will allow me to develop friendships with people from around the east region and help me improve how I play my game.
What kind of commitment do you have from each of these teams? Do you have a lot of free time? All teams require the best commitment you can give. Because of this, all these teams have become my life because of the traveling my teams go to. For example, I went to California for my ODP team for a tournament and then the next weekend I went to Boston for my Continental team. With all the traveling for these teams every weekend and the practices during the weekdays, I have very little free time. But, I enjoy this schedule because I love playing soccer and I get to do it with girls that I am really close with.
Image by Abbe Kiwak
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Work for your goals- without hard work, it is difficult to achieve your goals and aspirations. But with hard work, it seems as if anything is possible.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In five years, I hope to be going to college and playing college soccer while studying medicine.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I work towards my goals. Hard work beats talent which is what I try to remember with everything I do whether it be academic or sports related.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? We have this huge calendar with everything going on in my family’s schedule. Since I have a family of 5, it’s hard to keep up with everything. My mom always is organized and on top of everything with all of our schedules, so I give her a lot of credit for helping to keep me organized.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn't in your nomination? Recently, I was selected to go on the game show “The Classh-room” where three students go against three teachers and test their knowledge. It was such a fun experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Brooklynn will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!