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How does a female athlete rise to the top? Hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Mikaela, long-time soccer player, trained with Coach Nora since she was young. She is now at the University of Mary Washington as part of the womens soccer team.
In this video, Mikaela shares tips for young players considering becoming a collegiate athlete.
Fake it ‘til You Make It. I’ve tried… and fallen short, and tried again. There’s value in learning to pick yourself up and try again.
There’s a delicate balance between confidence and insecurity, faith and doubt, determination and disorganization, knowing something and knowing nothing. But when you’re in that moment- whether it be at a tryout, the game being on the line, making an adjustment to your system or personnel- it often comes down to who has the most confidence in their decision.
Many years ago, I watched a Jeff Bridges movie, White Squall , based on a true story. Bridges takes a group of prep school boys on a sailing voyage meant to help them learn about how to become men when they encounter a deadly white squall. There was a singular line in the movie which has stuck with me.
“Where we go one, we go all.” A thought so simple, yet it embodies many ideologies of teamwork – trust, reliance, commitment, confidence and loyalty.
Sometimes, in the beginning, we just need to fake it until we make it. Then as our skills grow, we’ll no longer need to fake it. We become the athlete we worked to achieve.
-Nora Maguire White
Founded in 1998, in Chapel Hill, NC, after competing and coaching collegiately at the NCAA Division I level, STEADY became a calling for me to use soccer to empower girls to develop their unique gifts and confidence in realizing their goals and dreams. Twenty-three years, four children, and a pandemic later, I can see no more important time than now to empower girls in developing skills and connections that will positively impact them for a lifetime!
STEADY MISSION STATEMENT
We empower female soccer players to unlock their full potential on & off the field
STEADY BELIEF STATEMENTS
- We believe that every girl has gifts that, well developed, empower her to uniquely impact the game of soccer and life.
- We believe that when encouraged, every girl has the strength to make positive choices in her life!
- We believe that in every girl there is leadership!
- We believe that every girl deserves to be believed in and supported!
- We believe that every girl needs a pack- STEADY is our pack!
The purpose of the STEADY programs is to build in each young woman a skillset that they can take with them and apply successfully- both on the field and in life. For some of you, the STEADY Player Development Framework may help you achieve your goals of becoming a collegiate student-athlete and earning your degree. But for all, STEADY is a plan for personal development that will teach you to teach yourself about living a confident, successful, self-disciplined and healthy lifestyle through participation in the beautiful game of soccer!
“Give a person a fish and s/he can eat for a day, teach a person to fish and s/he can eat for a lifetime.”
Thank you for your time and commitment to yourself, or your daughter, your future, and thank you for allowing us, at STEADY, to forever become an extended part of your family!
All the best in soccer and in life,