In My Words: Carter Steedley

NOTE: This is part of a series on athletics.covenant.edu with feature stories written by the student-athletes about their time at Covenant. The series is in conjunction with NCAA Division III Week (April 1-7), an annual event to celebrate the accomplishments on and off the field of student-athletes in the NCAA's largest division.

By Carter Steedley
(Covenant '19; Women's Soccer)

Words cannot express how incredible my journey has been these past few years at Covenant College. I have been in the truest form of the word, blessed, by this college and its community, and even more so by my team and coaching staff.

As I reflect back on how I came to Covenant, I can see God's hand placed throughout the whole process.

I was like most athletes in high school, I was not sure if I wanted to pursue a college career. However, as my mom and I prayed, more doors continued to open for me to continue playing. I am from Knoxville, TN, which is about an hour and a half away from Covenant, and I was entering into my senior year of high school. I was deciding between a couple of schools and then I got an email from Coach Duble (head coach Mark Duble).

Carter Steedley throwing the ball in I had never heard of the school or really given any thought about going to a school in Chattanooga, but he insisted I come down for an ID camp. Soon after that, I came down for an official visit with my mom. After that visit and some conversations with Coach Duble, we could really feel God pulling me in Covenant's direction.

My first semester at Covenant was really challenging academically and emotionally for me. I went through some rapid family changes and my teammates and coaching staff surrounded me with more love than I could have ever imagined. The team and community at Covenant really had become my family and when I felt like I was drowning, I constantly had teammates pulling me back up.

Soccer not only challenged me physically but it taught me more about who my God really is. My coach day in and day out poured into my life, taught me more about grace and love every day. My teammates pushed me hard on the field physically, and off the field pushed me academically and spiritually, to be the best person I could be. I have made life-long friends that I am incredibly thankful.

I will always be grateful for my time here. I am thankful the Lord was able to see what I needed. I am thankful for the people I have gotten to know, the people who have poured in to me persistently, and my teammates and coaches.

I will forever, and always, be thankful that I am a Daughter of Scotland.