Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to the safety and protection of players in the club. We have partnered with UCHealth and CU Orthopedics in an effort to provide our players and members with the best medical service. Their main purpose is to combine the strengths of the regions best academic and community hospitals, along with access to clinics throughout the Front Range, to improve the lives of people in Colorado and beyond.
Julie Graves is the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club’s first full-time Head Athletic Trainer. As a Colorado native, Julie has been around sports her entire life. She was a gymnast until ninth grade, and then pursued being a Student Athletic Trainer throughout high school until she graduated from D’Evelyn High School in Lakewood, CO. Julie attended and graduated college from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training and moved to southern California to attend Azusa Pacific University for graduate school. As a Graduate Assistant, her main sports were Men’s Soccer, Women’s Water polo, and Men and Women’s Tennis. Her favorite sport to work with was the Men’s Soccer team.
After earning her Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies, she moved back to Colorado and was offered the Assistant Athletic Trainer position at Colorado Christian University. She worked with all 15 sports at CCU. In March 2016, Julie was hired on with University of Colorado Health and CU Sports Medicine as the Head Athletic Trainer for Colorado Storm to build a Sports Medicine Program for the elite soccer club. Julie has now joined the CRYSC through the club merger with Storm. In her spare time, Julie loves exploring all the beautiful places Colorado has to offer and trying new Denver restaurants. She is also an avid Denver Bronco and Colorado Rockies fan!