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Since the age of four, Madison Rader has known her one dream, to play soccer for a division one team. After more than a decade of work and dedication, Rader has taken the first steps to achieving her lifelong goal.

Rader, only a sophomore, recently made the announcement that she has verbally committed to play soccer for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since the coaches first saw her play in December, the two have been in contact finalizing the commitment.

“My dream has always been to play division one soccer,” Rader said. “In my free time, I spent most of my time practicing preparing for that chance.”

Starting her career off at the Huntsville Futbol Club (HFC), Rader quickly realized she was doing what she was meant to do. By age 13 she made a Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) team and began training twice a week in Birmingham.

“I knew I wanted to play for a long time because I loved kicking the ball down the field,” sophomore Madison Rader said. “Of course being pretty good at it also helped, but nothing made me happier than running on the field.”

Between school, soccer, friends and everyday life Rader stayed on top of it all, even with pre-ap courses. With her dream as her first priority, Rader practiced at least four hours a week on her own,with additional Birmingham and NOW Soccer scheduled practices.

“I credit all of my coaches for my success by specifically my club coach, Andrew Brower, who helped me realize my dreams, Nobert Webley, who has always believed in me and James Ssemambo, who helped me start down this path,” Rader said. “Above all I could not have achieved my dreams without my very supportive parents.”

Although she has ultimately reached her goal, Rader does not plan on backing down from training to better herself. With three more years before college there is no telling how far she will go in the soccer world.

“From this point out I plan to play at the highest level possible to keep my skills in tact,” Rader said. “Between club and school soccer I will push myself to continue to get better.”

Reaching goals and achieving dreams are things that many do not get to accomplish. However for Rader all it took was work, dedication and sacrifice.

“It means more than anything to me to already be committed to a team,” Rader said. “I can’t believe I am already achieving my dreams.”

 

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