Carolyn Blank is a starting midfielder for Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer (Photo by Howard C. Smith, ISI Photos).
Carolyn Blank, a native of Toms River, New Jersey, patrols the midfield for our partner Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). In this exclusive guest post for Resolution Sports, Carolyn was kind enough to share her thoughts and feelings on what WPS means to not only her, but also to the many young girls out there who share the same dream she once chased and ultimately achieved - becoming a professional soccer player.
I am a fighter, a competitor, a workhorse, a female and a professional athlete, but most importantly to me, I am a role model for young girls who have a dream.
When I was growing up, the U.S Women’s National Team posters could be seen on every wall around my room. Not only that, but my favorite gift I received for Christmas repeatedly was my national team calendar. I couldn’t wait to see who was the page of my birthday month. Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm - these women were my role models. They were, and still are, strong, powerful, passionate and dedicated to the sport that shaped them. To be able to play on the field with Kristine Lilly and Brandi Chastain was a dream come true and hard to believe that I had made it to that point.
I am blessed to wake up every day and travel to the best job there is out there - one that I love. My job is full of hard work, trials and sacrifices, but the rewards go far beyond that of a paycheck. This game has shaped me into the woman I am today. It taught me respect, responsibility and a good kind of competitiveness. I have met and played with the best players in the world. Soccer is a beautiful game that you can learn so much from, no matter what age you are.
We owe it to the little girls out there to continue to be role models for them - to give them someone to aspire to be. Now, little girls don’t just have to stare at posters on their walls, they can watch us play, whether it be in their home town or on Fox Soccer’s weekly broadcast. Women’s Professional Soccer has given these younger girls a dream. It has given them someone to pretend to be when they score the winning goal in their state cup game. It has given them the chance to meet their real life idol after the game as they fight the crowd along the bleachers for that autograph by Alex Morgan. It has given them a dream to work towards… that same dream I had.
Being in WPS has meant so much to me. Every day, I work hard, I laugh, and I enjoy myself. I have met and will continue to meet amazing people through my job and sharing the feeling of victory and success with them is more rewarding than any paycheck I've ever received. Keeping this league around, however, is about more than just me. It’s about more than just my teammates and the great people I’ve met along the way. It’s about all those young girls out there who have a dream, just like I did. It is about showing these girls what hard work, discipline and determination can get them. WPS gives them proof that their dreams can in fact come true, just like all of ours did.
Supporters of Women's Professional Soccer recently created a petition to let the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) know that the league plays a massively important role in the development of the sport in this country. WPS is currently seeking sanctioning by the USSF for its fourth season, and you can help that initiative by showing your support of the league and signing the petition.