Former Gamecock Blakely Mattern Uses Soccer to Teach Life Lessons

Despite a successful collegiate and professional career on the pitch, South Carolina women’s soccer alumna Blakely Mattern does not allow herself to be defined as only a soccer player. The former All-American recently launched a new business named 11.11 Training near her hometown in Greenville, S.C., which uses soccer training to teach young girls how to maximize their talents, on and off the field.

“It’s supplemental training for speed, strength, agility and technical soccer skills,” Mattern said. “We work with girls ages 12 to 18. Part of our mission is to help girls transition into the truest version of themselves, both as women and as soccer players.”

For her success in soccer, and now in business, Mattern is grateful to her alma mater.

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