Eric Gilbert of Deerfield, Illinois – Inner Drive to Get Better

Eric Gilbert of Deerfield, Illinois is an avid sports fan and it shows. Currently, he is working towards earning his business degree at Illinois Wesleyan University, and one day aspires to work in the sports industry in marketing, writing and/or coaching.

Being passionate about sports is something Eric Gilbert’s family has seen since he was young. He grew up playing baseball, basketball, and soccer, excelling at each sport. As a child, he participated in numerous tournaments, winning some and learning from all. While he would have wanted to play all those sports during high school, Eric Gilbert of Deerfield, Illinois had to make a choice on which specific sport to focus on. “It was the hardest but the best decision of my life,” he says, recalling the decision to focus on soccer. “As the fierce competitor that I am, I set out to get myself on the best team possible.”

Since he made the decision to focus on soccer the summer after his sophomore year of high school, the only tryouts left were for an elite team in Milwaukee. Eric landed a spot on FC Milwaukee’s soccer Academy, through sheer determination and an array of skills and footwork. It is through FC Milwaukee where he best honed his playing and team leadership skills.

“I gained the respect of my teammates and coaches through my attitude and drive to get better,” he says. The realization that his ceiling was only as high as he envisioned propelled him to numerous accomplishments with the school team.

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