Former soccer standout Jasmine Adams looks back
This article is part of a continuing series on athletes who graduated from high schools in Clarion County.
By Nate Steis
For the CLARION NEWS
"Hi, I am Jasmine and I am going to be your nurse today."
It is a phrase New Bethlehem native and Redbank Valley High School graduate Jasmine Adams has likely said hundreds of times but it is a phrase she will likely mutter many hundred more.
When having a conversation with Adams, be it on the phone or in person, people can sense the passion and empathy in her voice. Her tone is friendly and welcoming. It is easy to understand even after a brief conversation with her that nursing was unquestionably the right career path.
Before her days as a nurse, Jasmine was a soccer player at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She chose the school because of the approximation to home, the opportunity to play college soccer alongside older sister Jade, and for the schools reputation for producing well rounded nurses. Adams graduated from Redbank in 2016, and was one of the Clarion County area's most feared strikers. This translated to a solid three year career at Pitt-Bradford, despite only playing two full seasons.
As a sophomore, Adams started the Panthers first game, but exited with a knee injury not long into the game. The original diagnosis was a torn ACL and MCL, but it turned out to be a severe sprain. Due to the misdiagnosis, Adams was not able to rehab and return to action for the 2017 season. Despite this, she prepared for her return the next season, and this season happened to be her last in a college uniform.
In her college career, Adams started in 35 games, scoring five goals, dishing out two assists, and scoring two game winning goals. For a two year career and a knee injury in the middle of her collegiate career, these statistics are pretty good.
Despite her love for the game of soccer, Adams is not incredibly active in the game today. The reason is because of her sporadic nursing schedule that has her working inconsistent hours, In the future, she hopes to get more involved and begin her career as a coach.
Adams began playing t soccer around the age of nine and listed playing travel and indoor soccer as activities that helped make the difference in her improvement and reaching the collegiate level. She also lists having a sister so close in age as a key factor that helped each of the sisters become collegiate athletes.
"I really credit Jade a lot because soccer would not have been the same for me without her," Jasmine said. "We always had someone to practice with and train with. I also have to mention my dad John because he would drive us around the area to play and always found a way to be at nearly all of our games."
Her high school soccer coach Greg Campbell also serves as another great role model in her life. Campbell was key in helping both Adams sister receive college attention for soccer.
While there are plenty of moments to pick from, she chose the times with her teammates outside of playing soccer as some of her favorites.
"My teammates both in high school and college were all great," Jasmine said. "I think I had just as much fun on the bus rides, having movie nights, and just enjoying the little things that come with being in high school and college. Those are the memories I will always cherish most because we do not see each other daily anymore."
While soccer is something she does not spend a lot of time around presently, she still looks forward to going to her younger sister Josey's high school games. Adams is also training for a half-marathon in May which will be her first. If all goes to plan, she is hoping to run in a marathon later in her life, but for now has her sights on 13.1 miles of blacktop.
After graduating from Pitt-Bradford in May of 2019, Adams accepted a nursing position in DuBois at Penn Highlands to work in the ICU. The move has her remaining close to home to begin her career in the nursing profession. After dealing with a schedule filled with nursing classes and a college sport, Adams is incredibly prepared for a long and successful career in health care. Her love for people and the sincerity in her voice are things her patients will come to appreciate quickly as her career continues in nursing.