How gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley gives back
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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley wants to pass on her knowledge to others -- her knowledge about soccer.
After winning two gold medals on the USA Women's soccer team, Tarpley knew that she wanted to pass on what she had learned during her time as an athlete. So, she looked back at her own childhood and decided to give back to the very soccer club that first inspired her as a child. Learn all about her inspiring experience below!
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How did coaching at a soccer camp first come about for you?
It came about from some friends from Kalamazoo, Michigan. After the Olympics, they were incredibly gracious with me. Now, I go back to my hometown and run a soccer camp through the club I grew up playing with. For me, it's like coming full circle. For me, I was extremely fortunate to receive the opportunity that I received. Being able to go back to a town that supported me throughout my whole career, but it also encourages me. I enjoy working with kids in that area to bring out the best in them and teaching them that they can accomplish whatever they want to accomplish as long as they set their mind to it.
Was there ever a specific moment at the soccer camp that touched you?
One of the best parts about going back home and running my camp is that I really feel like I can impact a young person's life, and give them the hope and the courage, a boost, whether or not it's on the soccer field, or through a leadership lesson. Some sort of encouragement that they can really tackle their dreams and figure out what they want to do, and coming up with a gameplan of how they're going to accomplish that. I think seeing kids go through that progression, and touching base with me a few months later and saying: hey you really made a difference -- things like that really touch me and mean a lot to me and give me the inspiration and energy to continue to do it.
Do your own kids play soccer?
I hope so! I have a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old girl -- so we'll see. Ultimately, I want them to be a part of a sport, particularly a team sport, because I think you learn so much by going through it. I'm definitely going to sign them up for soccer. My little one actually starts soccer this fall. But, one of the big messages I think is really important for people to realize is that just being a part of that environment gives kids the responsibility and knowing what being a part of a team is. Like I mentioned, there are parallels between my soccer career and now becoming a businesswoman -- I think it's a very important aspect to learn from a young age.
Where do you see the progression of your career going in the next few years?
Right now, I'm really enjoying being a part of Sweat Cosmetics, and we have a lot of exciting things happening this summer. I feel very fortunate to be apart of it. I feel blessed to be so passionate about it and inspired by it at the same time. With my soccer camp, I always enjoy working with kids. I think it's important to give back. I just experienced so much throughout my career -- from the success to the obstacles -- I think all of those messages are important, and I hope I have the opportunity to continue working with kids and sharing my messages.
What's the one piece of advice you've received over the course of your career that's really changed your life?
There have been bits and pieces throughout my career, but one thing that really sticks to me is adversity makes you stronger. Sometimes, when you're going through hard times, it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Also, when you experience these massive highs throughout your career it's important to find that middle ground and be balanced. I do look back on going through adversity throughout my career and it did make me a stronger. You can only control the things you can control.
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