ECNL AYW Spotlight | Bri Reynolds
RICHMOND, VA (May 24, 2018) – The ECNL and the Amazing Young Women movement are dedicated to sharing stories of females that have helped shape the league into the top youth soccer development platform in the world. As part of the movement, the ECNL is shining a light on the amazing young women that make the league what it is today with their efforts both on and off the field.
Bri Reynolds is the ECNL Amazing Young Woman Spotlight of the Week. Reynolds is a current member of the South Carolina United ECNL U17 team and recently set a South Carolina High School League record with 66 goals in a single season. Beyond the scope of the field, she is active in her community, school and church and dedicates much of her free time to these activities.
“Bri is a very talented soccer player but most importantly she’s a brilliant young lady,” Tomasz K. Kluszczynski, South Carolina United’s ECNL Director said about Reynolds. “Her commitment to excellence on and off the field is something that many of our young players should try to emulate.”
We had a chance to catch up with Reynolds before traveling to the ECNL New Jersey National Event. Here is what we learned:
Q: How old were you when you started playing soccer?
A: I was 4 when I started playing for my local club, Lexington County Girls Soccer Association. I immediately fell in love with the game.
Q: What is your favorite memory from your soccer career thus far?
A: Breaking the South Carolina single-season record for scoring this season! I ended up with 66 total goals for the season, and I broke the record at 62. I had no idea it was a record, so when it happened I was totally surprised!
Q: What is your favorite part about playing in the ECNL?
A: This is our first year in the ECNL so I am really enjoying the challenges due to the level of competition. We have attended one event so far and it was awesome to be able to play girls from all over the country and see all the different styles of play.
Q: Who is your soccer idol?
A: Alex Morgan! I hope to be like her one day. I think she is a great role model and I love the way she plays.
Q: What activities do you actively participate in through your high school?
A: I’m a part of the Swansea High School Student Council, so we coordinate events within the school. I also am a part of our high school soccer intercession group that focuses on promoting the sport of soccer in their community and for school events.
Q: What other activities are you involved in the community?
A: Along with the activities I’m involved with at my high school, I am also active at my church where I have coordinated activities for young kids such as puppet shows. I have also helped with the Special Olympics and put on soccer sessions for younger children. Another thing that I have enjoyed is visiting the local community center.
Q: Why do you believe it is important to play an active role in your community and school?
A: I believe being active in both of these helps me grow as an individual. It helps me be a good influence and role model for others.
Q: Do you have any superstitions that you follow? If so, what are they?
A: I’m superstitious about having to always wear the number 8!
Q: What 5 adjectives would you use to describe an amazing young woman?
A: Ambitious, Compassionate, Courageous, Humble, Honest
Q: Where would you like to go to college and what would you like to study?
A: I would love to attend the University of South Carolina. My goal is to study Physical Therapy.
Q: What is something that most people do not know about you?
A: That I use to race Go-Karts!
Q: What is your favorite quote and what does it mean to you?
A: I would have to say either: “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller or “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser
Both of these are motivational to me!
Q: What is your favorite subject in school and why?
A: U.S. History is fascinating to me. I like learning about how the United States has evolved over time.
Q: Who is your favorite actress/actor?
A: Melissa McCarthy! She is hilarious!
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would you chose and why?
A: The power to heal, so I could help the sick and injured people in the world.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would you choose and why?
A: Either being a physical therapist or athletic trainer. I think I would really enjoy something in that field because I like dealing with people and athletes.
Safe travels to Bri Reynolds and her team as they head to #ECNLNJ this weekend! Bri, thank you for sharing your story and embodying what it means to be an Amazing Young Woman!
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.
The #GAMECHANGER campaign celebrates the desire, ambition and impact of the ECNL athlete. #GAMECHANGER defines the inner struggle that SHE has on a daily basis, and showcases the choice to become great. It reaches deep into HER core, exposing all that makes her amazing, resilient and driven.
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.