Spotlight on Rachel Kim (I)


Rachel Kim (I) is going to continue playing soccer next year at NYU.

Soccer star Rachel Kim (I) has committed to New York University (NYU) and will play as a Bobcat next fall. She has been playing soccer since a very young age and plays for the New England Soccer Club (NEFC). Unfortunately, Kim never got to play for Boston Latin School  Soccer as her team is year-round. Kim says, “I really love playing on NEFC, but also wish I had gotten to play on the BLS team too. I know it would have been really fun and a great way to spend time with friends after school.”

Kim shared that some of her biggest accomplishments in her soccer career were being invited to play at National Training Camps and the U.S. Club Soccer Player Development ID Program. Her club team travels all over the country for games, and last season even made it to the National Quarterfinals.

After years of playing soccer for the NEFC, Kim began her college recruitment process in ninth grade, which is early for most students. It was a long process involving many colleges that took an interest in her ability after watching her play at tournaments, showcases and national competitions with her club.

There were a number of reasons why Kim chose NYU. She says, “I had an official visit with the coaches last February, and I immediately fell in love with the school.” There were other reasons, however, that drew her to the school as well.

A couple of things that made NYU stand out to her were that she would be able to study a variety of concentrations despite being a student-athlete, as well as the study abroad programs and internships. Additionally, the two coaches of the soccer program were female, which gave her role models to look up to.

After her visit, Kim decided to make her commitment to NYU and hasn’t looked back since. Although the pandemic has made it hard for her to play, she continues to practice with her club and is heavily focused on training to play at the college level. Kim is excited and ready for her next four years playing collegiately.