Up until senior year, Kyle Raker played soccer at one of the highest levels in the country, honing his talents with focus and drive in a local club team.
But his heart wasn’t in it.
“I haven’t been myself,” he said as he reflected on his senior year experiences. “It became second nature to make others happy. I was not fully invested.”
Right before senior year, Raker made one of the biggest decisions of his life. He followed his heart, and played his senior season for Brunswick.
“I decided to finally do what made me happy — to play soccer for Brunswick,” he said.
The experience was everything he dreamed it could be. It was especially meaningful, he said, to play in front of the up-and-coming Middle Schoolers and underclassmen.
“All the kids come on the field right after the game, hoping ‘that’s me someday.’’’
Raker had a successful season, and was named to the 2019 All-NEPSAC Class A Team. He led the Bruins with 11 goals, as Brunswick finished with a 9-7-1 record. The Greenwich resident also earned recognition earlier this year as both a WNEPSSA and NEPSSA All-Star.
After graduation Raker made his way to the Taper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He’s got a lot to offer his new community.
At Brunswick, Raker got involved in every corner of school life. He was co-founder of the Faith Focus Society, co-founder of the Mustard Seed Community Club, and played the saxophone since fifth grade. He also founded the Community Cleat Exchange in Westchester County.