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National Girls & Women In Sports Day | Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer ODP

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, especially under the leadership of luminaries like Betty D'Anjolell and Charlotte Moran, has long provided female players and coaches an opportunity to grow in the game of soccer. For National Girls & Women in Sports Day, we asked three current ODP coaching staff members how soccer has impacted their lives.

Teresa Rook, U13 Girls Lancaster-Harrisburg
Teresa Rook NGWSD 2

How did soccer influence you in your everyday life and career path?
Soccer has allowed me to travel the world and have some of my greatest life experiences. I teach and coach now because I want to positively influence kids' lives the way some of my mentors did for me.

What’s the biggest lesson soccer taught you?
Soccer has taught me to work hard and believe in myself and whomever I work with.

Who was your biggest female role model & why?
I don't think I ever had a specific female role model that I looked up to. I looked up to my teammates that worked hard and pushed me and others in practice every day.

Jen Gibbons, U12 Girls Chester County-Delaware County
Jen Gibbons NGWSD 2019

How did soccer influence you in your everyday life and career path?
I truly enjoyed preseason and conditioning so I would put in extra work. The love I have for fitness started with soccer, which turned into a 13-year career as a strength and conditioning coach and Pilates instructor.

What’s the biggest lesson soccer taught you?
Attitude is really everything. One of my favorite quotes is, "All battles are first won or lost in the mind." It's true on all levels as a player, coach and person.

Who was your biggest female role model & why?
My mother. She is kind, selfless, strong, hardworking and adventurous. I'll always strive to be like her.

Gabrielle Benedict, U12 Girls Bucks County-Montgomery County
Gabrielle Benedict NGWSD

How did soccer influence you in your everyday life and career path?
Playing soccer gave me an outlet to be competitive, have fun and develop as a person. I love working with kids and young adults, sharing my passion for the game with them.

What’s the biggest lesson soccer taught you?
Control what you can, never get too high or too low and have fun.

Who was your biggest female role model & why?
My mom. Although she never played soccer, she is the strongest leader and bravest woman I know. Her passion for helping others is something I always admire her for and hope to emulate in my interactions with players.

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