Soccer captain Julia Backlund’s senior season came to an abrupt end just as it was getting started. Backlund tore her ACL in the first half, in the first home game of the 2020 season. She will now begin physical therapy ahead of a September 29th surgery to repair the torn ligament in her right knee. She has kept a positive attitude through this difficult situation. “Devastated is an understatement,” said Backlund. “I’ve prepared the whole summer and the past four years for my senior season. However, I am a firm believer everything happens for a reason. I won’t let an injury like this define me and I know I will be able to lead off the field/court just as much as I did on.”
The news of her injury reverberated through the Activities Department. Backlund is also a basketball captain, and the new senior leader of the infamous Jordan Student Section twitter account (@JHSthemes). Activities Director Joe Perkl saw an opportunity to make something good out of a bad situation. “Julia is way too supportive of our athletics, and far too talented to not be involved in the sports scene at Jordan High School,” said Perkl. “With Covid eliminating the Jordan Independent sports reporter, we are feeling a lack of recognition for our students right now.” That’s where Backlund comes in.
Julia Backlund will settle into a new unexpected role as a writer and contributor for JordanActivities.org. She will provide a much needed student voice, as she recognizes athletes, coaches and fine artists through out the 2020-21 school year. “I’m so excited to stay involved by being a student assistant to the Athletic Department and bring more recognition to our student athletes,” said Backlund. Look out for content coming from Julia Backlund in the coming weeks, and all year long!
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