Chardonnay Curran is a University of Oregon soccer alumni. She set a UO career record for games started, starting in an impressive 84 games throughout her time at Oregon. She was recently selected by the Kansas City Currents in the NWSL draft and will begin her professional career with them in the 2022 season.
Is there someone who inspires you or an athlete you look up to?
My mom, because she has been there from the jump and I’ve been told by many people that I should stop. And because I’m from Hawaii, the resources are scarce. Everyone would just try to stop me, and she just kept me going, and she sacrificed a lot. She’s a strong woman.
What has Title IX allowed you to accomplish as a female athlete?
A lot. It being the 50th anniversary of Title IX, it’s been like a privilege, and just looking back and reflecting on how far we’ve come as women and how much further we can go. It allowed me just to be me and take me to places that I did not think I could reach.
What’s something that you’re passionate about outside of athletics?
I love surfing. I’m from Hawaii. So, surfing is my getaway from soccer when I’m kind of over it.
What kind of experiences have you had with Women in Flight, and how has it helped you as an athlete?
My favorite event was when we had the kids come, and we were teaching them how to play soccer. It was humbling in a way that I was once a kid, and to be around that environment just reminded me of where I came from and how far I’ve come and seeing all of them smiling. It brought me joy and reminded me of the little things and just to enjoy it.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments?
I think my biggest accomplishment right now is just getting drafted by the NWSL and pursuing that.
What got you into sports and soccer?
I come from a really big family. My dad has ten siblings, and everybody played water-based sports, and I grew up playing multiple sports. And then from there, it just became a thing.