Female Athletes in The Land: Sydney Reardon, Quarterback of Cleveland Fusion
There’s a reason we’re called Believeland. Cleveland is a city with so much pride and passion for its sports. While you’re likely to find residents gearing up for a game in their Browns, Indians or Cavs apparel (or maybe all three!) before heading out to cheer at First Energy Stadium, Progressive Field or Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, did you know there’s also a number of other teams right here in The Land?
As a young professional in Cleveland, you have the opportunity to do more than just cheer on your favorite teams. One local organization, Cleveland Fusion, is a full-tackle women’s football team that recruits females of all age ranges and experience levels. To learn more about staff and players on the team, we sat down with them for a Q&A session and discovered how they're not only big fans of our sports teams, but Cleveland as a whole.
Get to know Sydney Reardon, Quarterback of Cleveland Fusion
Q: Where do you work and what are your favorite parts about your role?
A: I am a Financial Analyst at Rauland SoundCom in Berea. My favorite part about my job is the problem solving. I’m often given the idea of an end result (either a report or a monthly number we have to hit), and I have to figure out how to get there.
Q: How long have you lived in CLE & what brought you here?
A: I have lived in Cleveland seven-and-a-half years. I came because of an opportunity with my previous job in public accounting.
Q: What do you love most about CLE?
A: I love that it is large enough to have everything a big city offers like great food and drinks, museums, Playhouse Square, etc. But it’s also small enough that you can still run into people you know when you’re out.
Q: How does Cleveland compare to other cities where you’ve visited or lived?
A: Cleveland is really the only “city” I’ve lived in. Compared to the others I’ve visited, it’s easy to get around. Even though I complain about it, traffic is manageable. Also, Clevelanders are friendly and welcoming. They want outsiders to enjoy their city as much as they do.
Q: What’s your go-to local spot (restaurant, brewery, attraction, etc.) to take your friends or out-of-towners?
A: This is a tough one. I always try to take my guests somewhere they can’t go when they’re at home. Edgewater Park is always fun. Inevitably, we always end up on W 25th or E 4th. The Rock Hall and Hilarities are always big hits as well. I lived downtown when I first moved here and The Flats, as they are now, didn’t exist. It’s fun to take people there who visited me early on so they can see how quickly Cleveland is building.
Q: What’s your favorite hidden gem or best-kept secret about Cleveland?
A: Wilbert’s is probably my favorite hidden gem. It doesn’t get better than live blues music.
Q: Tell me a little more about your lifestyle – do you live the suburban or city life? Buy or rent? Take public transportation?
A: The first two years, I lived downtown on W 9th and definitely experienced the city life. I walked to office, tried out as many new restaurants and bars as I could, and enjoyed all that downtown had to offer. I was moving to a new city, and I wanted to experience it all. Now, I own my house in Fairview Park with a fenced in yard and a dog. I drive 15 minutes through the Metroparks to work every day. I’m 20 minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from Crocker Park. It’s a great neighborhood with great neighbors. I live a lot slower pace than I did when I was downtown, but I’m still a quick drive or Uber ride away from anything I want or need.
Q: What is your favorite CLE tradition or memory?
A: Indians World Series and Cavs Championship.
Q: What is your biggest hope for our city?
A: My biggest hope for the city is that we keep bringing in public events so we can showcase Cleveland on a national stage. The RNC and Hard Knocks really put us on the map, and soon the NFL draft, all-star games and tournament games will allow people to come see Cleveland and all it has to offer.
Q: What would be your message/advice to other young professionals in the Cleveland community looking to grow personally and professionally?
A: Grow your network and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. When I moved to Cleveland, I had never been here before. I didn’t know a single person, and I actually didn’t even have a place to live yet. I packed up my car and drove out here with a job offer in hand. I’ve started a life of my own here, and I’ve met life-long friends here. Professionally, I’ve had great, connected mentors I know will be in my corner wherever I decide to take my career next. This city has so many opportunities, and they are only growing. You can grow with it.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Cleveland Fusion women’s football team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.