H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Spotlight | Gracie Young

ECNL_AYW_PRIMARY-BLACK #FuelYourFire-3(2)RICHMOND, VA (March 10, 2016) – As part of the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign, the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) has announced the 2015 recipients of the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarships (Health &Education Resources).  Six women from across the country were chosen from a deep pool of talented applicants to continue their coaching development and receive a scholarship to pursue a USSF “D” or “E” coaching license. The ECNL launched this program specifically for ECNL Alumni and aspiring female coaches.

The program aims to encourage top current or former female players to enter the coaching profession, Grace Youngencourage continuing education within the profession, and continually raise the level of play in youth soccer.

Gracie Young is a current member of the Richmond United ECNL U17 team, verbally committed to continue her career at the University of Akron.  “Coaching is the vessel I use to help instill positive change in others.” said Young when asked about her life goals. “I want to do my part, and make a difference.  My ECNL goalkeeper coach inspires me to be better every day, guiding me on my current path of coaching education.  I want to share my passion with the next generation, and continue to learn from the game that has provided endless opportunities to me.”

The ECNL caught up with Gracie to learn about her journey this past year as a current player, the coaching education course she plans to attend, and her future aspirations.

Q: If you could have one super-power, what would you chose and why?
A: An Iron Man suit, honestly….but if it was a “power” specifically, I would want to fly.

Q: Snapchat or Facebook?
A: Facebook, you can do so much more!

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: I see myself graduating from college and moving onto medical school, not sure where just yet.

Q: What is your favorite emoji?
A: The smiley face with the tongue sticking out.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Italy.  I have always dreamed of going to Rome, Venice and Sicily.

Q: Define “Success”:
A: Success is personally accomplishing what you want to do and more. If you want to ace a test and you do: that’s success. If you want to score the winning goal and you score a last minute goal from outside the box: that’s success. Achieve what YOU want to, set a goal and go for it and then you’ve succeeded no matter how big or small a task. Even if you fail, that’s a success if you learn from it, just keep trying. Success is not a destination but the journey towards your dream.

Q: If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing, what would it be?
A: Stay weird, it suits you.  Also, don’t stop being curious.  I thought at that age that I needed to fit in with everyone at my old school, but now at my current school, I realize there is always a perfect fit for someone somewhere, you just gotta keep being yourself until you find it. I’m also pretty curious. Sometime that makes me nosey, but mostly I just like knowing things. I like learning new things every day.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Chocolate. Chocolate. And more chocolate.

Gracie, you are an Amazing Young Women.  Thank you for sharing your story and we look forward to following you as you continue your coaching career.


About Amazing Young WomenTM:  Launched by the ECNL, the Amazing Young Women is a dynamic platform of online and local market activations that showcase and celebrate female role models offering an aspirational focus for all female athletes and teens as they prepare to be our next generation of leaders.  The ECNL is calling on all of the nation’s women to join the movement to celebrate the endless potential of today’s girls.

Women of all ages can share their personal moments of inspiration through social media and at www.AmazingYoungWomen.com.  Every share and submission helps drive a movement that celebrates the power of what it is to be a girl today.  Each month Amazing Young Women of the ECNL will be chosen from online submissions and social engagement to be showcased at AmazingYoungWomen.com.  Through testimonials, tips and tools, the website is providing all girls to view, share, and celebrate what it is to be motivated, strong, and successful.


About Elite Clubs National League:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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