Kyle and I have been married for 3 years now. We dated all through college and he asked me to marry him before I went to Puerto Rico to play in January after my senior season at Oregon. We got married in the fall of 2010 and ever since we got married he has been able to travel with me to wherever I am playing that year. Lucky us!
I know that I am very fortunate to have Kyle with me as much as I do. He travels with me during the season and then he works as an Assistant Golf Pro at a County Club in Oregon during the summer. We are fortunate that he is able to return to that job in the summer and that they let him come with me during the fall and winter. We decided together that it was most important to be together. He sacrifices starting a career while I pursue mine which is not common. During the summers we are apart while I train in Anaheim with the National Team and he works at the Country Club. We are so thankful that they are flexible with his absences and hold his position for when he returns.
I have played in 4 different countries in 4 seasons overseas all on different teams. We have had a wide range of reactions to him being with me for the whole season. This season was the most difficult because we had trouble getting him a visa through the team. Teams in general are often skyptical of him and want to know if he will be a distraction but in the end they have all seen that I am much happier, therefore I play better, when he is with me. He doesn’t always get to travel with me and the team. Sometimes he finds his own way to games; train, plane, car and sometimes the team builds in into my contract that he gets to come with me everywhere.
The thing I like most about having Kyle with me, besides being with my best friend all of the time, is all of the memories that we are making together. We have visited more places than I ever imagined we would and we have become such good explorers and adventurers over the years. As you can tell from the testimonies on this website living abroad as a pro athlete is not easy and it comes with all kinds of challenges. Kyle and I are great communicators with each other and we enjoy working through the challenges of living abroad together. Having a built in support system helps me adjust easier to different cultures and situations, so I’m able to do things like brave Siberia for 7 months or leave for Turkey with less than a weeks notice.
We have come to the conclusion that the sacrifices that we make are worth it so that we can be together. Everyone has to decide what’s right for them and what you want to do as a couple. But I would encourage you to try living abroad together and making it work. The memories and experiences have been endless and I’m so glad that I been able to share so many of them with him.