Long before she led the U.S. Women’s National Team to victory in the Women’s World Cup with her incredible Hat Trick performance in the 2016 final, Carli Lloyd was a kid who struggled in school. “School never came as easy to me as soccer did,” Lloyd says on DICK’s Sporting Goods’ “453 and a Half” blog
. “I had to work really hard at it.”
Lloyd, who started playing soccer at age 5, found sports a great motivator and a great teacher. She credits athletics with teaching her about hard work and discipline. Ultimately, those lessons carried over to her academic performance.
“I was competitive because I wanted to get good grades, and I didn’t want to upset my parents,” Lloyd says. “With soccer, I’m competitive as well, so I learned how to balance the two lives together. I would come home from school, get my homework done, and go on to soccer practice.”
Lloyd offers more insight about herself, her experiences as an athlete, and why youth sports remain so important to her in the full “453 and a Half” blog. Check out the post “Inspiration off the Field: Carli Lloyd Shares Her Thoughts on Why Sports Matter.” It’s definitely worth a read.