TMC Athletes:Soccer Reinforces Importance of Group Effort

Stephanie Chhorn, revenue cycle representative


I have played soccer for 26 years and still play to this day. I’m a halfback. You don’t have to be very fast in that position, but you have to be able to run for a long period of time. Our weekends often consist of playing on Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday. I don’t think I’ll ever give it up.

How did you get started:

I started when I was 6. Other kids at school were playing so I wanted to play. It wasn’t until I was 10 or 11 that I really wanted to be good at it and decided I wanted to be on the All-Star team. I played into high school and then stopped playing until I was about 21, when I was hired on at TMC and a woman who worked here said there was a need for girls for a coed team.

What life lessons has it taught you?

Soccer is a team sport, so it teaches you to share. It teaches you that sometimes, in order to succeed, it takes a group effort.  One person doesn’t score all the goals or save all the goals.

Why soccer?

Partly it’s because it’s become our social circle now, so while it’s good exercise, I don’t think of it as exercise. But I do appreciate the health benefits. You have to train hard to stay fit, since the people you play with are fast and you have to be able to stay at that speed. Plus, I don’t like diets.

Were there any obstacles you overcame?

In high school, I didn’t play my junior and senior year because the coach said you had to be the fastest and the strongest or you couldn’t play. My strength is that I have good ball control skills and I can analyze the field and anticipate what will happen next. So I guess I learned over time not to be inhibited by your weaknesses. We all have weaknesses and we all have strengths and that’s an important life lesson as well.

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