Playing ice hockey is my biggest passion and my favorite thing to do in my free time. I started playing at 5 years old and haven’t stopped since. I knew that I definitely wanted to continue ice hockey in college but on a club level instead of varsity because I knew I wanted to have time to pursue my other interests in college. Out of all the schools I applied to (which was mostly schools on the east coast), USC was the only one with a club team! This was another great reason why I chose to attend USC because I could pursue a quality education while still getting to play ice hockey.
Hockey has always been an escape for me, a place for me to forget about my problems and enjoy being on the ice. Getting to attend practice once a week is a wonderful break from the rigor of an engineering coursework, and gives me motivation to get all my work done so I won’t have to worry about it come hockey time. I also love the variety of people on my team. There are girls of all different grades and majors, and without hockey I would have never had the opportunity to meet them. Besides seeing each other at practice, we also have team bonding events. My team is like a family: we look out for and take care of each other, which is a great support system to have in college. I also have both a big and a little on the team which promotes accountability and friendship.
Due to the lack of competition in California, we always travel to play in a tournament in the spring which is the highlight of my spring semester. This past year we travelled to Las Vegas to compete in a tournament with a variety of women’s team. Not only did we improve each game, but we placed 3rd overall which was a huge achievement.
I can’t wait to serve as the captain of the team this year, and I’m excited for where the team is headed. Check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/uscicehockeyw or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if ice hockey isn’t the sport for you, USC has a huge variety of club sports, so I would definitely recommend getting involved. Take a look here: http://sait.usc.edu/Recsports/sports/club-sports/clubs-list. Fight on!Meet Kelly