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Jordan Roberts is passionate about sports and wants to help professional athletes. Currently in her sophomore year at the University of Florida, Jordan has received a $3000 ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship to assist her with her athletic training studies. This week, Jordan explains how a devastating injury inspired her college major.

During her freshman year of high school, Jordan suffered an ACL tear that brought her soccer season to a sudden halt. She recalls, “In the beginning, I only remember feeling defeated and angry as I sat the bench and slowly pushed through recovery. I vividly remember squeezing my eyes shut and clenching my fists as the therapists pressured my leg to work and gain full mobility. Despite the pain and frustration, I knew I had to persevere and push through all the obstacles if I ever wanted to play soccer again. September 11, 2007, exactly one hundred and eighty-eight days after my surgery. It was the day that I stepped back on the soccer field, not only physically stronger but mentally stronger as well. In that period of time, I learned that determination and passion are qualities about me that I will carry throughout the rest of my life.”

Upon earning her BS in Athletic Training, Jordan hopes to work with a collegiate or professional soccer team. As a pre-athletic training student, Jordan is completing her observational studies with the University of Florida’s women’s soccer team. “I love all sports but working with soccer as my career would be absolutely perfect,” adds Jordan.

Like all ThanksUSA scholars, Jordan is a military dependent. Her father, SMSGT Kevin Roberts, USAF (RET), dedicated nearly 25 years to the United States Air Force. Jordan reflects on her military upbringing saying, “Although I was extremely lucky and got to stay in one location for pretty much all of my school years, there were tough moments. When my dad was deployed, my mom (Geri) and I had to do things alone, and I learned to appreciate everything that I have so much. My mom was strong during everything and knowing my dad was defending our country made me so proud to have such wonderful parents.”

The ThanksUSA team extends our appreciation to Jordan’s family and all of the military families who support our nation. We will be celebrating military families during a ThanksUSA Benefit Concert on November 14th at DAR Constitution Hall. Military personnel and family members who are interested in attending can request tickets through the USO Programs Ticketline. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event, please email sherrykoch@thanksusa.org.

We wrap up this week’s Scholarship News with a message of thanks from Jordan to the ESA Foundation and all individuals who support ThanksUSA:

“I am so grateful to have this opportunity and cannot thank you enough for helping me pursue my dream of becoming an athletic trainer. I just want to say again how much I appreciate this scholarship. It was such a blessing!”

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