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ALUMNI CORNER: Chloe Brzycki '14

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Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia
Major at Ferrum: Health & Human Performance
                  (Exercise Science), Coaching Minor
Sport at Ferrum: Softball
 
Chloe Brzycki played softball at Ferrum four years from 2011-14. Brzycki was a home run threat whenever she stepped up to the plate at Ferrum. She played first base and designated player for the Panthers. After graduating, she relocated to the state of Maine with her family, where she took a job working for Neurorestorative in Standish, Maine, as a clinic supervisor in the outpatient traumatic brain injury clinic.

Neurorestorative is a leading provider of subacute and post-acute rehabilitation services for people of all ages with brain, spinal cord and medically complex injuries, illnesses and other challenges. In a variety of locations and community-based settings, they offer a continuum of care and rehabilitation options, including specialized services for infants, children, adolescents, Military Service Members and Veterans.

Recently Brzycki added a new dimension to her life, joining a women's football league along with her two sisters.
    
    
Brzycki's Story

Following her softball career at Ferrum, Brzycki says she was looking to rejoin a competitive sports team. Her older sister Emily was approached about trying out for a professional women's football team and she decided to drag Chloe and Taylor along to the tryouts. Following the tryouts, all three Brzycki sisters received invitations to join the Maine Mayhem football team in October 2018. Through this first year Chloe feels she has made strides to increase her football IQ and learn her positions. In a division where only 25 women can dress out per game, it's important that players are well-rounded. Chloe plays running back, strong side linebacker and plays on the punt unit.

Brzycki's team is part of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA), a non-profit organization and the only team in Maine. There are 62 teams across the United States and the league is expanding faster than expected. The WFA is a full tackle league that competes under college football rules. The Maine Mayhem qualified for the 2019 WFA playoffs, losing 14-0 to the #1 seed Columbus Vanguards in the opening round June 5 in Columbus, Indiana. 

    
Her Own Words

"I was not expecting to fall in love with a sport like football, but I can now officially say I'm addicted and have a much deeper respect for football players. Our team made the playoffs this year and we went to Indiana in June. The national championship will be played in Colorado in July. I was thrilled to learn that I was selected as an All-American at linebacker after leading my team in tackles in 2019. I owe a lot to my teammates who have continued to support and teach me in life as well as on the field. This league has quickly become a second job and the team has become a second family. Our team also created the Girl's of fall program where we support and mentor young female football players of all ages and make sure that they continue to break barriers and redefine what it means to be a female athlete. If you ever get a chance to watch a women's football game I highly recommend it and I guarantee it will surpass all of your expectations."
    

My Ferrum Days

"Ferrum was an experience like no other where I grew as a person and as an athlete. I met some of my lifelong friends and found my passion for helping people while I was there. My favorite thing about Ferrum was the family I found there and the support I received as a student-athlete. From my coaches to my professors, I always had support in my studies."

“I was not surprised when I learned Chloe was playing in the Women’s Football Alliance," said former Softball Coach Vickie Van Kleeck, who coached Brzycki all four years at Ferrum. "As a valued member of Ferrum softball, she was a born leader and a fierce competitor. Whether you needed a squeeze bunt late in the game to score the go ahead run or you needed a bases clearing blast deep into the night sky, Chloe was your woman! I'm so happy she found a new outlet for her competitive drive.”