Meet Pro Soccer Player and SNHU Online Student Kelyn Rowe
My name is Kelyn Rowe, and I play professional soccer for Major League Soccer. I'm also an online student at Southern New Hampshire University, pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Communication online.
My life is a little unpredictable. I can be on a plane one weekend and home in 24 hours. It's really hard to be on campus with that kind of schedule. Taking courses online and on my own schedule gives me the flexibility I need to earn my degree and still do the things I love, on and off the field.
What I want to do with my degree is work in the philanthropy side of professional sports. In my six years as a pro, I've been involved in many different charities, with a focus on pediatric cancer. A lot of athletes want to have their own charity or want to get involved in other charities, but they don't know where to start.
I'd love to start a business that connects pro athletes with charitable organizations, so they can immerse themselves in the community in charitable ways. I want to be the guy that helps them meet the right people, go to the right events and work toward what they believe in.
As pro athletes, we need to have a plan for life after sports, and, for me, that's finishing my college degree and using it toward a future in philanthropy.
Before every game I play - since I was 10 years old - my father tells me, "There are three things that you can always do. You can always have fun. You can always be creative. And you can always, always work harder than the person next to you."