Alton High School’s Addison Cartwright recently signed an NCAA Division 1 letter of intent to play soccer at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where she plans to major in music business at the school’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.
Most know Addison Cartwright as a standout soccer player for the Alton Redbirds.
But the senior is also an aspiring marketer for the music business, with her talent on the field paving the way for her to get to “Music City.”
Cartwright recently signed an NCAA Division 1 letter of intent to play soccer at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where she plans to major in music business at the school’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.
“A lot of people think my major is a little out there,” she said. “But soccer and music are what I love, and I plan to pursue them both with all I’ve got.”
When other universities showed their interest, including Cincinnati and Carthage, the Redbirds’ midfielder said Belmont was always her first choice. Located at the end of historic Music Row, near the heart of Nashville, Belmont's quiet, neighborhood campus just seemed like the perfect fit.
“It’s a smaller university, but in a big city,” she said. “I decided officially to go to Belmont in January, but I knew that’s where I wanted to go after going there this past summer for soccer camp.”
There, she got the attention of Belmont coach Heather Henson. She will join a Belmont Bruins squad that lost five players to graduation, on a team that went 7-8-1 overall and 5-4-1 in the conference.
Belmont has an enrollment of about 7,000 and the school recently joined the Ohio Valley Conference in July 2012. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is also in the OVC, and Cartwright said she looks forward to playing against recent Cougar signees and area rivals Lindsay Fencel, of Civic Memorial, and Caroline Hoefert, of Marquette Catholic.
Though she’s currently on the bench with a knee injury, Cartwright is an asset to her team on and off the field.
“She’s our team captain and an all-around leader,” Alton’s first-year coach Laura Ridolfi said. “She works just as hard in the classroom too.”
Cartwright and her coach both believe she will back on the field as early as next week.
“Addison is the kind of athlete that you don’t want to take her off the field,” Ridolfi said. “Her work effort is on another level.”