Did you know that 98% of all professional female athletes who are first-round draft picks in their respective sport played more than one sport in high school? That’s right, baby. Yet according to Project Play – a National Youth Sports Participation Initiative – in the last 5 years we’ve seen a decline in sports participation at the high school level…largely due in part to this trend of early, single-sport specialization in middle school years. At LEAD, we are ALL about strong, multi-sport competitors, which is why this August we are highlighting a young lady who is the epitome of “well-rounded” in the sports realm.

Meet Sacred Heart 7th grader Brooke Huard. Brooke began her ballet career when she was just two years old. She participated in Mommy and Me classes in Kansas where her family lived at that time. Upon moving to Bellevue, she started taking ballet at Emerald Ballet Theatre, where she has continued to flourish as a dancer for the last 7 years. One of her biggest accomplishments to date? Dancing the role of Clara in their Nutcracker production in December of 2015! Brooke loves the music, discipline, and structure that ballet requires and feels it is an ideal complement to her other big passion: volleyball.

Brooke is the youngest of three kids and her older siblings are very active in sports. Brooke watched her older sister and brother thrive in their respective careers and adopted the same drive and determination. When Brooke tried out for her first club volleyball team at the age of 10, she landed a spot on the 12’s team and told her parents that she was ready to be the one on the court! She has played club volleyball at Sudden Impact VBC for three years now and recently returned from Minneapolis where her team competed at Nationals for the second year in a row. Brooke also enjoys tennis and loves learning in school.

Athletic career highlight: Being Clara in the Nutcracker for Emerald Ballet Theatre and making the 12’s volleyball SIVBC club team at the age of 10
Fav flick: Wonder Woman
My notable leadership qualities: Perseverance
Favorite Subject: Math
Jam that gets me amped: Despacito by Luis Fonsi + Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
Go to pre-game meal: Chicken and pasta
My happy place: On the bar at ballet class
Athlete role-model: Emeline Settlemyre from Emerald Ballet Theatre