Caroline Soucy the 5-9ft guard from Beverly, MA who wears #33 and lead her team in rebounds (161) and steals (57) last 2018-19 season, represents more than just points on the board. The experiences that shaped her into the strong young woman and female athlete today, are unique to her story. She is more than just an athlete.
Q: Why did you choose this word to represent another part of you?
CS: "I chose the word ally to represent another part of me because I am an LGBTQ ally. As of a few years ago I came out as bisexual and at first I was incredibly hesitant to share who I truly was. I was worried about the judgement I would face after revealing who I was which made it harder than it should have ever been.
"Over time I learned to love myself and embrace who I am. Being an ally is something I hold incredibly close to my heart because without the support of other allies within the LGBTQ community and outside of it, I don’t think I would have had the courage to come out publicly."
"Nobody can run from the person they truly are, and being a supporter and representative of the LGBTQ community is someone I am proud to be."
Q: What does inclusion of NCAA student-athletes mean to you?
CS: "To me, inclusion in the NCAA means that everyone is valued and has the ability to perform and excel at the highest level no matter where you come from, who you are, and what you represent. Inclusion is about bringing people together and combining our unique differences and qualities for a greater purpose."
Q: What stereotypes do you experience and want broken down, as a student athlete?
CS: "A stereotype that I have experienced or seen as a student athlete is that mental health does not seem to matter as much as physical health. We live in a society where people will immediately come over and sign a cast and feel remorse as a result of a broken leg or arm, but when someone explains to another that they’re sick mentally, it almost always provokes a bias response such as 'you just have to push through it.'
"These responses create an environment where people are then too afraid to speak up and feel as if they are overreacting."
"I think as a community within the NCAA we need more mental health initiatives to raise awareness so that... we can all learn and come together to break these stigmas."
Q: Outside of the goals in your sport, what do you hope to achieve during your time at UNH?
CS: "When I first came to UNH, aside from accomplishing my goals within athletics and academics, I mostly wanted to create meaningful relationships with my teammates, coaches, and new friends.
"I think the best part about college is starting fresh and being able to meet new people and create incredible bonds. When you are around your teammates and coaches as much as I am each day whether it’s on the court, in the locker room, on a road trip or just hanging out, it’s hard not to form a connection."
"Over the past 3 years I have established such incredible relationships with my teammates and coaches, and as I continue into my senior year I am really looking to strengthen each of those relationships before I graduate and move on to the next chapter of my life."