Hargrave’s summer soccer camp welcomed Madeline McCraken, a U.S. Under-17 (U-17) National team player, on campus, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. McCraken participated in the camp as a guest coach and speaker.
As a peer, she discussed the need for hard work and dedication that successful players need on and off the field. “I make many sacrifices in my life in order to be successful at soccer. I have missed many parties and opportunities to hang out with my friends on the weekends. I’ve had to leave social functions early because I had to wake up at 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. the next day,” McCracken said.
McCraken has participated in soccer competitions in Germany, Costa Rica and Russia with her Region 1 team. The team is comprised of young women from Virginia to Maine. McCraken will play NCAA Division I soccer as a college freshman at Boston College next fall, which is considered the toughest conference for women’s college soccer. McCracken resides in Lynch Station, Virginia and attends Altavista High School. She plays club soccer for the the Richmond Kickers.
Coach Jeremy Eubank, Hargrave’s Varsity Soccer Coach, instructs the Hargrave’s summer soccer camp. “No matter the level or age group of the athlete, I wanted our young men to hear from someone their own age that what you put into something is what you will get out of it,” Eubank said. “We’re lucky to have such a successful athlete and individual that is willing to come and share.”
Hargrave’s summer soccer camp is a part of the Academy’s 2014 Summer School and Camp. The camp works both an individual’s skills and teamwork necessary for effective soccer competition.