Volunteer Spotlight: Rhea Lyons & Chelsea Ruebling

Rhea Lyons, CityLax Volunteer Coach

Rhea Lyons, a midfield player from Littleton, Colorado, is the site captain and head coach of the Brooklyn CityLax Winter Clinics at James Madison High School. She loves literature and works in the publishing field. Rhea began playing lacrosse in middle school and continued throughout college at University of Rochester before moving to Brooklyn, where she joined the Central Lacrosse Club. Upon meeting Sabrina Alimi, another CityLax volunteer, Rhea was introduced to Doc’s and CityLax and became a volunteer coach for the CityLax Winter Clinics, where she has continued for the past nine years. Reflecting on her own experiences as a female student-athlete and professional, she strives to teach the girls at her clinics important life skills, such as teamwork. Rhea explains, “It’s really frustrating to see powerful women push down other women to succeed. I want to give the girls a sense of healthy competition and teach them what it means to be an athlete in a pure sense of the word—on the field, mentally, and in their regular lives, how to be competitive and push yourself but how to simultaneously pull up people with you.” Rhea believes these lessons will help both on the field in game situations, and in the classroom, such as when working on group projects or preparing for a ranked test. “As a volunteer, I feel like I’m in a position where I can help teenage girls come into their own and embrace their own power. I get to see them grow over the years, which is really inspiring.”

Chelsea Ruebling, CityLax Volunteer Coach

Chelsea Ruebling has been playing lacrosse so long she claims she learned how to cradle before she could walk. Her father, Chuck Ruebling, a long-time family friend of the Levines and supporter of CityLax, ensured that Chelsea would be a life-long member of the lacrosse community. After playing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Chelsea moved to Australia to pursue a career in investment banking. When she moved back to New York, she and her brother started an organization called “Go, Fight, Win!” which supports different lacrosse organizations and players through funding, equipment drives, and organizing clinics, camps, and showcase tournaments. Chelsea knows firsthand the important balance of fun and working hard to develop skills, and puts a great deal of focus on developing her players’ skills so that they can grow their passion for lacrosse. Chelsea describes, “I feel very privileged that I have been able to volunteer with CityLax—I love going to the clinics on Sundays, especially while most of my friends are sleeping, and I just feel really fortunate that I have been able to be a role model and positive influence in so many girls lives over the years. The most rewarding thing for me is seeing someone through the full four years and how excited they are to say, ‘Coach, I got accepted to these colleges and this is what I’m going to do!’ when I knew them back as a freshman when they were trying to just get their feet beneath them.”

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