LORENA, Texas (KWTX) The Lorena High School soccer teams spent some time with some young soccer players this week. Among the varsity athletes turned mentors was senior Gracyn Goolsby.
"It's just a great atmosphere and I love my team and my coaches more than anything. PALS obviously is awesome and I just love being involved in all of it."
The recent homecoming queen is a three-year varsity cheerleader, and the 3.9 GPA has helped put her in National Honor Society. But her weekly PALS visits are something she always enjoys.
"Sophomore year, I kind of looked into it and it seemed like an amazing opportunity to help kids that may need a friend to be with."
On the soccer field, she's a part of Lorena's back line. Along with that defensive skillset, Gracyn displays leadership and selflessness. Most recently, instead of trying to play a game while sick, she thought it was best to have a healthier player out there.
"Throughout the course of the day, she wasn't feeling good," Lorena soccer coach Ann Burnside said. "As the day progressed, she was getting worse and worse. By game time, she just wasn't feeling well. She was the one who made the decision that, 'I don't need to be out there. I'm not going to be productive, I'm not going to be as helpful as I could be. I would rather have somebody out there.'
"That epitomizes Gracyn right there. She puts other people before herself. She's definitely a team before self player, which is what every coach dreams about."
Gracyn plans on attending Blinn College after high school graduation.