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Spotlight on Kelly Flanders...
Appalachian State University

When you’re 10, 11, 12 years old you have no idea how empowering a sport or a game can be.  At that age soccer was merely a fun way to pass time, but little did I know it would become my greatest passion, create the dearest friendships, foster some of my most treasured memories, lead me down paths I never knew existed, and teach me life lessons that would be valuable for years to come on and off the field.  Playing my entire club soccer career for the Carolina Rapids, formerly North Meck, I was influenced positively by so many great coaches, teammates, and families of the club who each had a hand in shaping me into a better soccer player and a better person.  I learned to persevere when I started on the bottom team and eventually worked my way up to the highest team in my age group.  I learned to be versatile and flexible when I changed positions on the field or got a new coach.  I learned to compete regardless of expectations.  I learned to lead and be an ambassador for current and future players.  Most importantly, I learned to be grateful for the opportunity to play soccer and to love the sport that is such a vital piece of who I am.  Because of the values that the Carolina Rapids hold, I am so fortunate to carry these traits not just on the soccer field, but also throughout my daily life.  

Archives:
Bayley Cashion University of North Florida
Brayden Smith UNCW
Carolyn Huddy UNCW

Did You Know?  We have 16 coaches on our staff that are current or past college coaches!

Commitments

We are proud of our former players that are competing at the collegiate level. They're up to great things and finding success on the field.  Read about what they're doing and check out where they're playing!

Join us in congratulating these current Rapids players who have committed to play in college after their high school graduation!

Connor Hahn - Lees-McRae College (2018)
Sydney Moss - Greensboro College (2018)
Erin Mcrae - Stetson University (2018) 
Mia Thillet - North Carolina State University (2018)
Ashlynn Serepca - University of Virginia (2018)
Sierra Davis - Catawba College (2018)
Kursten von Klahr - NC State University (2018)
Madison Oracion - University of Maryland (2018)

Morgan Gilley - Greensboro College (2018)
Tori Paul - Maryland (2020)
Kaelee Van Gundy - Arkansas (2018)
Julia Honeycutt - UNC Charlotte (2018)
Lauren Seibold - Lenior Rhyne (2018)
Riley Kucko - Jacksonville State (2018)
Jaxson Watermann - UNC Chapel Hill (2018)
Brynn Douglas - UNC Charlotte (2018)
Faith Adams - Wake Forest (2020)
Maggie Hoey - RIT (2018)
Abby Britt - Ferrum (2018)
Miranda Addison - Pembroke (2018)
McKaley Boston - UNC Greensboro (2018)
Lindsay Poff - App State (2018)
Seraiah Dunham - UNC Greensboro (2018)
Emma Wakeman - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Tori Templin - Queens University (2018)
Lea Wissell - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Isaiah Boyd - New York University (2018)
Noah Dunn - Liberty University (2018)
Troy Paul - Newberry College (2018)
Matthew Perez - West Virginia University (2018)
Holden Trent - West Virginia University (2018)
Boisey Armwood - Louisburg College (2018)
Lily Suyao - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Malcolm Walters - UNC Charlotte (2019)
Hailey Matthews - Miami University, Ohio (2020)
Sean Suber - UNC Charlotte (2019)
Max Wright - American University (2019)
Syd Smith - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Katie Phillips - ETSU (2019)
Kellan Culver - Gardner Webb (2019)
Aminah Johnson - Coastal Carolina (2020)

 

   
Increased Exposure through the Colorado Rapids adidas Alliance

Players who are interested in playing college in or around the Colorado, Las Vegas, Alburquerque, Rapid City areas have an opportunity to gain access and exposure to college recruiting.  Our adidas Alliance Partners with Colorado Rapids, Black Hills Rapids, Downtown Las Vegas and Rio Rapids Soccer Club can help provide true national exposure in different regions of the country with guest training and playing so you can truly showcase your skills.  We currently connect all our players eligible for college with a shared college tracking document than can assist in networking for players all within the Adidas Alliance.  For Rapids Members only.