I remember being asked after a U10 game if I wanted to play soccer in college, I replied with, “That’s my plan.” Ever since that game, I have worked hard to fulfill my dream of playing at the collegiate level. When I received my offer to play D1 soccer at the United States Air Force Academy, the decision was simple. After touring around 20 other schools, my family and I had decided to spontaneously visit the Academy. As soon as I walked on campus I knew where I wanted to go to college.
My decision was easy, but my journey was full of struggles. I would like to thank the people that helped me reach my goal, and shape who I am as a person today. Starting with the backbone of my support, my family, specifically my Mother. Thank you, Mom, for putting up with the two-hour drives to practice, the recruiting emails, the injuries, and thank you for being my number one cheerleader. Thank you to my Grandfather, Bud Swearngin, who inspired me to join the military and pursue the highest level of education. Next, I’d like to thank Jerry Meyer for the endless training sessions with the Wolfpack, advice on and off the field, and convincing me to join San Juan. I’d like to thank Tony Perez for seeing my true potential, and offering me a spot on the team, even though I was coming off of a tough injury. Finally, a big thanks to Erin Sharpe, who helped guide me through my final two seasons at San Juan. Since joining San Juan, I feel like I have been able to bring my game to the next level. I have received an incredible opportunity I wouldn’t have experienced if I stayed and played local soccer in Northern Nevada.
I am more than excited to continue my soccer career at the United States Air Force Academy and serve my country. Go Falcons! #beatarmy #sinknavy
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