Chelsey was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She went to college at Trinity Christian College in Chicago, IL where she played four years of collegiate women’s soccer and graduated in 2010 with a degree in political science. As a sophomore in college she got the opportunity to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador through the missions organization, Youth World. “I quickly fell in love with the culture, the people, and what God was doing in and through Ecuador” says Chelsey.
After college she moved back home to San Diego and began working at an elementary school with kids with special needs. In 2011, she traded her soccer cleats for a whistle and started coaching girls’ high school and club soccer through YALLA San Diego, a soccer and education program for refugee and immigrant youth at risk.
Chelsey says, “The experience opened my eyes to the power of soccer as a platform to build relationships and empower athletes to discover who they are. I feel so blessed because God has given me the opportunity to teach both the game that I love and about God’s love for all of us. My love for coaching and serving kids inspired me to return to school. I am hoping to finish my master’s program in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia, University, Irvine, CA in the fall of 2015. I am looking forward to returning to Ecuador. Through Inca Link and the ministry of Casa Deportiva Cumbre Alta, I am excited to use soccer as an avenue to share the gospel of Christ’s love with my team, community, Ecuador, and the world.”
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