Girls Soccer: Graves motivates, inspires off the field

The Woodlands defeated A&M Consolidated 3-0 during a high school girls soccer game against A&M Consolidated at The Woodlands High School on March 5.
The Woodlands defeated A&M Consolidated 3-0 during a high school girls soccer game against A&M Consolidated at The Woodlands High School on March 5.

Growing up in La Porte, Texas during a time when the popularity of American Soccer was in flux, Dina Graves fell in love with the game at just six years old.

“At the time it still wasn’t a very popular sport and I didn’t have a team in my local community,” Graves says. “I had to go into La Porte to actually play.”

At this time, club soccer didn’t exist so the only way to play at a competitive level was to play for your city. And when it came to Grave’s family, competition was a family affair.

“My dad was a coach and a referee,” she says. “And I have three other siblings and we all played when we were younger.”

Soccer wasn’t the only sport Graves played when she was young. Before going to the University of Houston, she also played volleyball, basketball and softball. click here for complete story