Hi! I’m Melissa Cruz-Cuene. I have a lot of nicknames. I respond to Mel, Cruz, Cruzer, Cruzie, and Missy. I’m often mistaken for a Melanie or Michelle, and do respond to those names as well…although much slower.
At a young age, I knew I loved sports. All of them! Whether it was bike races or swimming, skateboarding or “500”, obstacle courses or a game of H-O-R-S-E in the driveway, my athletic skills were developed and nourished near home, alongside my neighborhood crew. It’s those childhood friends that drew out my competitive side and showed me how to win, lose and love every minute of sweating thru my oversized t-shirt.
Soccer has always been my hands down favorite sport.
Here’s a snapshot of my soccer journey:
Fast forwarding a few years, I was back in Green Bay after finishing my undergrad at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I continue to think of myself as a soccer player, although I admittedly spend more time watching my 2 daughters (Stella & Luci) play, than actually playing myself. But I am grateful that at least one of their passions brings us together both on and off the field. My husband, Michael, became a soccer enthusiast when our children picked up the sport. For a non-soccer player, he DID grasp the offside rule rather quickly so major points for that!
My latest endeavor is Co-Founding the Green Bay Glory non-profit organization and establishing Green Bay Glory, a Women’s Premier Soccer Team. The formation of this team elevates soccer to a new level and is the next big step forward for girls’ and women’s soccer in Green Bay and the Surrounding Areas. These are exciting times! I’m thrilled to keep this ball rolling!!