Warriors on and off the Soccer Field
As 2013 comes to an end, We Are Warpaint is proud to highlight the Schwaben AC U10 Soccer Team, their parents and coach, Meredith Vail from Buffalo Grove, IL. These young warriors had the ability to remind us how sport becomes part of the fabric of our character and how traveling the path of sport is never traveled alone.
Schwaben Athletic Club has been in existence in the Chicagoland area since 1926. There mission statement reflects the foundation needed to build youth soccer on a competitive level, "To be a premier soccer club in the Midwest."
"Children are great imitators. So, give them something great to imitate." -- Anonymous
WARRIOR(S) SPOTLIGHT: Schwaben AC U10 Soccer Warriors
WP: What position do you play?
Eden: Goalie and forward
WP: Why do you play soccer?
Kylie: I play soccer because it's fun and competitive.
Gianna: I love the sport and love to compete.
Eden: I love the sport. It's fun to put all that stuff that happens in your life and in your day on the field.
WP: Who is the person(s) that you look up to and/or admire?
Gianna: My big sister, Alyssa
Eden: My mom because she is funny, kind, works hard for my brother and I, and she loves me all the time.
Kylie: Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and my brother, Michael.
WP: If you found a genie in a bottle and he gave you one wish, what would you wish for?
Eden: I would wish for there to be no more hate in the world and if that can't happen then no more clowns.
Kylie: To meet Alex Morgan.
Gianna: I would wish that no one would be homeless and everyone would have food.
WP: What song or music artist are you listening to right now?
Kylie: Katie Perry - Unconditional
Gianna: Karmin - acapella
Eden: All things JT... that's Justin Timberlake
WP: If you could design the next Warpaint color what would it be?
Gianna: Neon yellow and pink
Eden: Lime green
Kylie: Blue and white swirl
WARRIOR(S) SPOTLIGHT: Schwaben AC U10 Warrior Parents
WP: Who is your daughter?
WP: If you had to describe your daughter in one word, what would it be?
Amy: One word is difficult, because she is so many wonderful things, but I choose amazing. Because she is simply AMAZING!
WP: Do you think athletics play an important role in shaping your daughter's character?
Melissa: Absolutely! She spends so much time with her team and the club, I don't know how it wouldn't impact her character development. It's a nice balance to the amount of time she spends at school, with family and at camp. All play important character development roles, but what she gets on the field is something she doesn't get anywhere else.
Amy: Definitely! It teaches her sportsmanship, responsibility, team work and leadership.
WP: What do you hope your daughter learns as she continues to play soccer?
Laura: That she continues to learn how to compete as a team and continues to build her self-esteem.
Amy: I'd like to see her continue to understand the game, have pride and believe in herself everytime she steps foot on the field. I'd like her to continue to be passionate about the sport not only as an individual, but as a team player.
Melissa: I hope she continues to learn not only the skills necessary to be a great player, but also what it takes to be a part of something bigger than herself. That's code...because, 'we' sometimes still think it's all about us ; )
WP: What character trait do you wish for your daughter to continue to grow stronger?
Melissa: I believe she will continue to grow into her ability to be patient and tolerant of girls that "challenge" her. Unfortunately, she will come up against it her entire life and the skill will be crucial in her ability to adapt and get along with all people.
WP: If you could design the next Warpaint color, what would it be?
Melissa: Neon or glow in the dark color
WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT: Coach Meredith Vail
WP: Coach Vail, you were/are a heck of an athlete. You have an accomplished resume that includes, Division I athletics at University of Louisville as well as a 4 year Varsity starter at Marillac and Buffalo Grove High Schools. What do you miss the most about high level competitive athletics?
MV: The challenges of the games, traveling to tournaments and always being with my teammates and my friends.
WP: What are two key lessons that soccer has taught you over the years?
MV: How to work together as a team to achieve your goals and that team sports aren't all about you, it's about the team. You win and lose as a team.
WP: Why do you coach?
MV: Because I love it!
I love being able to see the hard work and dedication I put into the kids pay off. Winning a game as a coach is much more satisfying that winning a game as a player. Losing a game is much tougher as a coach than as a player as well!
This U10 girls team has had a lot of ups and downs. We had a positive start to this fall season, we then began to lose our passion and steam as a team. In the middle of October we traveled to Ohio for a tournament, this was the first time this team traveled out of state together. They were amazing. Not successful record wise, but they had so much fun together and played so well together. It seemed to be a turning point for the team. I was so proud of them!
WP: What is your favorite quote?
MV: "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." -- Michael Jordan
WP: If you had to describe this year's team in 5 words or less, what would they be?