Lauren Barnes

International Professional Soccer Champion

BIO

Lauren is an active and free-spirited native of Southern California who fell in love with soccer at an early age. A two-time high school All-American and Gatorade Player of the year for California, Lauren played collegiately for UCLA. While there, Lauren led a stout defense helping the team make three NCAA Final Four appearances, and earning a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection.

Career Highlights

Individual:

NWSL Defender of the Year: 2016

NWSL Best XI: 2015, 2016

Club:

NWSL Shield: Seattle Rein 2014, 2015

W-League Grand Final Winners: Melbourne Victory 2014

Westfield W-League Champions: Melbourne Victory 2017

WHAT IS YOUR MORE?

Empowering communities around the world through soccer

Throughout my time playing soccer and seeing the world, I found a new perspective on life.  Many of the beautiful places I traveled to were poverty stricken, while I was lucky enough to be staying in 5 star hotels.  It was this realization that made me want to do MORE. My driving force is to partner with organizations to transform lives around the world, and to inspire others to do the same.

 

In 2015, I volunteered in Ethiopia with Seattle Reign and Water1st. Our mission was to build clean water systems and educate the community on health and sanitation. Meeting the women and youth girls who carry muddy river water 3-4 hours a day and experience such an incredible culture was hugely impactful.