SHINE was created by Rhea Subramanian, a high school student, soccer player and Girl Scout. SHINE began as Rhea's Girl Scouts Gold Award project. Rhea has been playing year-round club soccer for 10 years, and has personal experience with the challenges an athlete must overcome, particularly in their pre-teen and teenage years. Early in her playing career, she realized she could have avoided her own pre-teen injury if she had all the information and techniques on how to prevent it. She then began making systematic and consistent efforts to educate herself on how to take care of her body, practicing proper recovery techniques, knowing the difference between a muscle pull vs. soreness, developing the right mindset, and knowing when to seek help. This personal journey inspired Rhea to develop a holistic program and provide support to young athletes who either don't know what kind of help they need or just don't have access to it.
Comprehensive injury prevention and good sports health should be much more prominent and consistently offered in sports programs, and it all starts with education. An athlete must educate himself or herself to become better aware of what to expect and how to navigate their injury-prone years. They must know that some of these injuries can have lifelong consequences, yet they can be prevented.
SHINE was fully incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 2015, by bringing together a group of individuals who are committed to athlete injury prevention and success... the objective being to create a one-stop source of information, tools, techniques, and contacts that could be critical to an athletes' success. This is a commitment that stems from each of our own experiences in overcoming sports-related injuries.
Our inaugural event was held on November 8, 2015 for the Redwood City Parks and Recreation department, supported by Redwood City government officials - Mayor Jeffrey Gee, Councilwoman Alicia Aguirre, and Parks and Recreation Director, Chris Beth. Browse photos of our event here.
We are humbled by the support we have received from influential members of the community, government organizations, sports sciences experts, as well as other non-profit organizations, who all share our objective of positively impacting the lives of young players. We are continously looking at programs and partnerships that will help us further this objective.