Shining Through Shadows Resilient Spirit
Rachel Marie Price
7/11/94 - 2/28/13
Rachel Price had a drive like no other. She set specific goals for herself and was able to accomplish every one of them... until February 28, 2013. Rachel always believed she was born to play soccer. And while that might be true, her true purpose in life was to inspire people, and soccer was the venue God chose for her to make the impact that she has had on so many lives.
Rachel is described by her community as a person who falls into that microscopically small percentage of people you come across who are real life heroic figures who you can't possibly imagine anything getting in her way. She is a local hero whose accomplishments and actions at the national level inspired our entire community of Melbourne Beach to believe greatness is possible.
There may be moments in darkness that lead us to question beauty in possibility. Yet as Rachel confronted unique challenges and her best tests, she discovered more of the light that rests within as she moved toward the strength to become as she was meant to be.
Always be the best you can be.
She walked her talk! Rachel was phenomenal.
She tried to bring that out in all of us…always wanting to have her friends succeed as well.
Rachel attended Melbourne High School where she was the forward on the Melbourne High School girls’ soccer team. She helped lead her school’s soccer team to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010. She was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Class 6a state championship game in 2009. Rachel was also named Space Coast Player of the Year three years in a row. She was named All-American as a Jr. in High School. Rachel helped land her team on the cover of ESPN’s Rise magazine.Rachel was a youth soccer star for Space Coast United. She was also member of the U15, U17 and U18 US Women's National Teams.
Rachel continued her passion and trained hard following ACL reconstruction to achieve her goals and the hope of one day playing in the World Cup, becoming a member of the United States U-20 Womens' National Team, and to one day represent our country in the Olympics. She then went on to attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. As a Freshman, Rachel made an immediate impact on the Women's Soccer team. She was named Freshman of the Year and member of 2012 Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll. She planned to major in marine biology. She also became the youngest player ever to travel on the Tampa Bay Hellenic W-league and WPSL.
Click on the link below to read the March 3, 2013 article written by Adriana Rodriques, a former teammate of Rachel's, to learn more about Rachel's Shining Through Shadows Resilient Spirit.
The Rachel Marie Price Scholarship Fund has been established in her memory.