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Former Kansas City Soccer Player Playing Integral Part in the Fight Against COVID-19

By Gigi Gray, 04/07/20, 10:15AM CDT

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Jillian Raybould, M.D., former Kansas City youth player coached by Huw Williams, is the Director of Infectious Diseases Fellowship at VCU.


Dr. Jill Raybould, former soccer player from Kansas City, is the Director of Infection Diseases Fellowship at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University).

We have reported on the soccer successes of many Kansas City natives as players move onto the next level. This report is of another former player from Kansas City, Jill Raybould, but it extends much further than soccer. Raybould is from Leawood, Kansas and grew up playing for Huw Williams. Now, she is playing an integral part in helping our country combat COVID-19 as Jillian Raybould, M.D.

Jill graduated from Columbia University in New York City where she helped capture an Ivy League soccer championship for the school. She then went onto medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She stayed at Georgetown for her Infectious Diseases Fellowship and received the “Hope Award” for excellence in clinical medicine.

Jill is now the Director of Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She is officially the country’s youngest fellowship director and is currently on the front line caring for Coronavirus patients. Her hospital has been chosen as one of only eight in the country to use a trial drug for treatment.

“I am proud of all the players I have coached,” said Huw. “But reading the information about Jill today was quite emotional. What a talented, driven and courageous young lady.  I thank her for everything she is doing and I pray for her safety.”


A sincere THANK YOU to all essential individuals serving on the front lines during this crisis. We appreciate you and all that you are doing.