AYW Spotlight | Rubina Veerakone
RICHMOND, VA (October 19, 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 encourages amazing young women to share their stories.
We are excited to announce Rubina Veerakone as the ECNL Amazing Young Woman Spotlight of the Week. Veerakone, a Michigan Hawks ECNL Alum, currently plays on the women’s soccer team for the University of Michigan. While soccer is one of her life-long passions, she plans to make her mark beyond the pitch and has the goal to one day be a pediatrician.
Veerakone truly values the importance of balancing her life as a student-athlete and working towards a career in medicine. She is majoring in biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience, and while her major may sound like a mouthful, she believes it will give her the tools to make an impact on the children’s lives in her community. In addition to the naturally heavy workload that comes with her major, and the time commitment of being a student athlete, Veerakone has been finding the time to volunteer at a local children’s hospital once a week since her freshman year at Michigan.
“Those visits made me not only want to go into medicine, but work with children specifically. It made me realize how rewarding it is to work with children. Seeing the way Michigan conducted their hospital, and how they supported the patients and their families, was inspiring and made me want to be a part of it,” Veerakone said about how volunteering has encouraged her to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.
While Veerkone’s passion is with pediatric medicine, she keeps sight on the importance of diverse opportunities in the medical field. With each volunteer undertaking, she gains unique experiences, as well as a better understanding of the medical fields she has been exploring in her academic classes. Last summer, she became involved with an organization closer to her major, the Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD & Behavioral Health. At the Sunfield Center, she has been able to explore different realms of health, learning diverse methods in which she is able to help people.
Veerakone believes her life as an athlete has helped prepare her for the demanding schedule that comes with her potential career path. There are a lot of parallels for her between the classroom and soccer, specifically the necessary perseverance to be positive and motivated when facing adversity.
“One of the biggest obstacles throughout my college career has been being able to get back up when I’m down. It’s easy to be motivated and confident when you’re getting good grades or when you’re playing well, but it’s difficult when your hard work doesn’t pay off instantly. “I think that’s something that I really had to learn, and it’s something that made me grow much stronger than I would have been otherwise. A lot of that has to do with the people your surround yourself with that believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself.”
With her college soccer career coming to a close, and graduation a little more than six months away, she is looking forward to how to achieve her goals in this next chapter of life. After graduation, she plans to take a gap year before entering medical school, hoping to merge her passions of travel and medicine. At the top of her list of options is New Zealand, which presents an opportunity to shadow her uncle, who is a psychologist, while volunteering at his hospital and exploring the beautiful country.
Thank you, Rubina Veerakone, for embodying what it means to be an Amazing Young Woman and pursuing your dreams to live a life of helping others. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
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 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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