#AYWSpotlight | Summer Taube
RICHMOND, VA (December 13, 2017) – The ECNL and the Amazing Young Women movement are dedicated to showcasing females that have helped shape the league into the top female youth soccer development platform in the world. As part of the movement, the ECNL is sharing the stories of the amazing young women that make the league what it is today.
Summer Taube is the ECNL Amazing Young Woman Spotlight of the Week. Taube is a current member of the University of Wyoming Women’s Soccer team and Heat FC ECNL Alum. Taube returned to the pitch this season after an unbelievable recovery from a devastating injury in which she was told she may never walk again. Her unwavering determination and faith in the recovery process had her not only back on her feet, but back to playing the game that she loves.
On New Year’s Eve of 2016, Taube was enjoying a ski trip with friends at Snowy Range Ski Area in Wyoming when a horrible fall resulted in her suffering fractured vertebra in her back. The fall was so traumatic that the last thing she remembers is skiing and her next memory was being rushed off the mountain to the hospital for immediate surgery.
From one moment to the next her ability to walk, her soccer career and everything about the life she had known were all hanging in the balance. Luckily, she was quickly surrounded by friends and family who eased her mind as she came out of surgery.
“I immediately had friends and family at my bedside, so I never felt panicked,” Taube said about waking up in the hospital. “They all reassured me that I was going to be okay.”
Although heavily medicated for the beginning of her recovery, she slowly began to grasp the seriousness of her condition and just how close she had come to not being able to walk again. Thankful that she would one day be able to return to her everyday life back on University of Wyoming’s campus, she knew that it would be a long, difficult road to fully return to the normalcies of life and reunite with her teammates on the pitch.
After a week in the hospital, Taube was released with a back brace to limit her movement for three months before beginning a grueling rehab process. Before she could think about returning to soccer, she had to slowly return to things like walking without the brace, twisting her upper body and rebuilding muscle lost from such limited movement.
“No one wanted me to get my hopes up about playing soccer again, but that was always the goal and I knew it was going to happen,” Taube said about her journey back to playing soccer for the Cowboys. “I always felt confident in everything that I was doing throughout rehab was going to get me back to where I wanted to be and that was on the soccer field.”
When she was finally able to return to running, she realized just how much her body had changed from the accident and while she was confident she would return to soccer, she knew she would not be jumping back on the field as the same player. After a year without touching a soccer ball, there was both relief and frustration once she finally able to put foot to ball. Through the trials and tribulations to return she turned to her family and boyfriend for support and they helped keep her positive in moments of doubt and frustration.
Taube medically redshirted her sophomore season as she continued to rehab her back to full strength. Although, she was unable to step on the field with her teammates, she made sure to be involved and learn as much as she could for her return to the team when she was back to full strength. The year and half off of the pitch taught her a lot of patience and how to maintain a positive attitude, lessons she was ready to apply to on the field play once she returned for the spring season in 2017.
By the beginning of the 2017 season, she was back to full strength and excited to step back on the field with the Cowboys. She came back stronger than ever – gaining more playing time, four starts and scoring her first collegiate goal. One of the highlights of the season came on October 8th, when she returned to Las Vegas to play against University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) in front of her family and friends.
The homecoming was particularly heartwarming for Summer and she found herself in tears following the game as she embraced her hometown supporters.
“It meant a lot to me that my mom could see me on the field again. It was great to be able to show everyone at home that had been supporting me from afar, that I am okay and back to where I used to be before the accident,” Taube said of her homecoming game at UNLV last season.
Taube’s accident could have been devastating, but with a positive attitude and patience through over a year of rehab and conditioning, she was able to finally fulfill her goal of returning to the soccer pitch. She is excited to continue her soccer journey at Wyoming with the goal of improving each season and not taking any practice or game for granted.
Thank you, Summer Taube, for sharing your story and embodying what it means to be an Amazing Young Woman in your perseverance to get back to the beautiful game in the face of adversity. We wish you the best of luck as you continue your soccer and academic journey at the University of Wyoming.
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.
Amazing Young Women of the ECNL will 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 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.