Helping Children Through Child Life and Coaching Soccer

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Madeline Buckley ’16 has found two powerful ways to channel her passion to improve the lives of children and families: through Wheelock College’s Child Life and Family Studies major and her role as a youth soccer coach. Her goal after earning her master’s degree is to be a Child Life Specialist, helping chronically ill and hospitalized children and their families navigate the healthcare system. But she doesn’t  plan to stop coaching.

“I want to be working with kids who need me and I also want to be coaching soccer in some capacity,” says Buckley, who is also an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Wheelock. “[With coaching] I have to step back and think about how to make the people in front of me better. Coaching at Wheelock has been a great experience for me.”  

Buckley is a top-30 nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes women athletes for their performance and leadership both on the field and in the classroom.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating top female student-athletes for outstanding performance in academics, athletics, service and leadership. These students are nominated by their member school and the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the top 30 from all three divisions.

Learn more about Wheelock Athletics or our graduate programs including Child Life and Family Centered Care.

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  1. Coaching kids can be so rewarding. I coached high school soccer all throughout college and it helped me gain the leadership skills I needed to succeed. Good Luck with the award Madeline!! You deserve it