Being a student athlete is nothing new to me. I have been playing soccer and going to school since I was 4. I was the girl in high school who would wake up go to class, go to soccer practice after school, then have club practice later that night, eat, do homework, and go to sleep. I sang as well since I was very young and soccer and music have been two driving passions of mine. After I graduated I got offers to play soccer at schools, but after going to them or talking with advisors about what my hopes and dreams were, they told me that playing soccer and pursuing music was not a reasonable option. After a lot of thought I decided music was my career choice and that I could play soccer on the side.
After finishing my Associate’s, it was time that I went to a university to finish my B.A. degree. I knew I wanted to stay close to home, which was in North Bend at the time, and I felt God calling me back to music. At this point I was right back where I started wanting to do music and soccer and not willing to trade one for the other. A friend of mine, Jordyn Wilson, had suggested that I try out for her team at Northwest. I loved the idea of going to a Christian university and playing soccer with my friends. I looked into the music program and saw that is was also what I was looking for. After meeting Coach Erin Redwine and auditioning for music with Brenda Rassmusen my decision was clear. Northwest was where I wanted to be.
The only problem was that I could not afford to go. After talking with my financial aid advisor, I saw I was able to get help because of my good grades and talent in music and sports. Soccer in particular was a huge deciding factor of whether I decided to come to this school or not. If it were not for the financial aid I have received I would have decided either not to attend Northwest or a school at all. Soccer brings me joy and it has also brought me an opportunity for an education. I am truly blessed and honored to have received the help that I have.
This past year our women’s soccer team won first in our league and have high expectations to advance to nationals this next season. Our preseason was ranked the hardest in the nation. We lost 6 games in preseason and ended regular season with 8 straight WINS! We perservered through adversity and are a team worth investing in. We have finished top in our league the last few years and are still working hard.
Every year we have the Hall of Fame banquet and auction. The auction is for our Athletic Hall of Fame at Northwest University. Russell Wilson will be speaking about what it means to be an athlete with a heart of service. The night will celebrate higher education and athletes of character. The purpose of the auction is to raise money for athletic scholarships to support our current and future student athletes. Northwest University prides itself in not only great education but great sportsmanship. Please consider making a donation and investing in this program. Your donation would help our team grow and give someone an opportunity to get a great education. Northwest gives students the privilege to experience athletic excellence within an educational community. I love my school and hope to make it easier for another teammate to be able to participate.
Thank you so much,
Eagle Hall of Fame Benefit
Friday, March 22, 2013 Bellevue, Washington
Special Guest, Russell Wilson of the Seahawks
Open to NU staff, students, and all who would like to support NU Athletics