AYW Spotlight | Lena Provenzano
RICHMOND, VA (November 28, 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.
We are excited to announce Lena Provenzano as the ECNL Amazing Young Woman Spotlight of the Week. Provenzano is a member of the Albion Hurricanes FC (AHFC) ECNL U17 team, who participated in the first ECNL National Event of the 2017-18 Season in Phoenix, AZ two weeks ago.
The past two months have been one of devastation and perseverance following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The massive storm impacted members of Provenzano’s team, club and the Houston community, leaving her with her own story to tell.
Provenzano was with fellow AHFC teammate Olivia Green when the storm descended on their hometown. Unable to drive, she stayed at Green’s house overnight, not knowing what lie ahead. Six inches of water consumed the first floor, with the level continuing to rise and forcing the family to evacuate for higher ground.
She would remain separated from her own family for five days, after Provenzano’s father made an attempt to retrieve her, even becoming stranded himself. While, her family and house were spared from the massive flooding in Houston, Provenzano was determined to step up and face the tragedy head on.
Since Hurricane Harvey, Provenzano has witnessed an overwhelming amount of support throughout the community, especially within AHFC as many citizens have volunteered to help friends and family rebuild.
“I love the city of Houston. It’s where I grew up, and what I call home. Seeing the strength of community during the rebuilding process has been unreal. I am proud to be a part of the positive response from a tremendous tragedy,” Provenzano said about the atmosphere the last few months in her hometown.
The strong community bond forged from this catastrophe inspired Provenzano to reach out to a fellow ECNL Member Club months later when disaster struck. Santa Rosa United, a club based in Northern California, was heavily impacted by the wildfires that engulfed the region. Similar to the floods in Houston, families were displaced and lost their homes.
The wildfire occurred just weeks prior to the first ECNL National Event, where Provenzano’s AHFC team was slated to play Santa Rosa United. Both clubs had been through life changing events within months of each other, with the beautiful game bringing them together. Provenzano immediately knew she had to do something for this match.
It was not long before Provenzano concocted a simple plan to execute in Phoenix. The AHFC team presented a yellow rose to each Santa Rosa United player during the international walkout, prior to kickoff. The rose symbolized solidarity as they began the rebuilding process in Santa Rosa, with yellow representing the state flower of Texas and the type of flower representing the sister ECNL member club.
“I wanted to show them that we are here to help and support in any way that we can. The ECNL is a family. No matter how far we may live away from each other, we will always have a connection with the people in this league that extends beyond the playing field. The rebuilding process is really difficult, but it is possible. I wish Santa Rosa United and the Northern California communities affected by the wildfires, a fast recovery as they move forward.” Provenzano said about the message she wanted to convey to the Santa Rosa United team and club.
The ECNL is more than a league and what happens on the pitch. Provenzano and her teammates showed their character and overwhelming kindness through a simple act, which did not go unnoticed. Fellow member clubs have also given back to Santa Rosa United. Both Mustang SC and Pleasanton Rage joined forces to help raise money for the club and producing “Sonoma Strong” bag tags to support the cause.
Thank you, Lena Provenzano, for embodying what it means to be an Amazing Young Woman and the compassion you have shown for your ECNL sisters. Your leadership and initiative to effect positive change in the ECNL community is inspiring. 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 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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