I’m a huge tennis fan, and with Wimbledon just starting for the year, I’m watching matches during the daytime while I work, but I have to say another sport has grabbed my attention: women’s soccer!!
Have you seen our US Women’s Soccer team kicking it out of the park (pun intended, #sorrynotsorry) in the past few weeks?
They’re in the semi-finals for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and have a monster of a game set for tomorrow night—Tuesday, 6/30—at 7pm Eastern time. They’re going head to head against Germany.
I know there are cities with sneak previews of Magic Mike XXL starting at movie theaters, but save that entertainment for Wednesday night, because this, THIS is the stuff that you must see as it happens…the stuff that is going to make you so incredibly proud to be a woman in the good ole’ USA. Heck, I think the men are going to enjoy it, too.
I was around for the championship game back in 1999 when the women’s team won it all (who can forget Brandi Chastain stripping down to her sports bra in a moment of ‘temporary insanity’—her words, not mine)? Who didn’t love that huge win for women’s sports? I know I’d love to see it all over again with this team.
The team message is #SheBelieves…they want girls and women to know they can accomplish their goals and dreams.
And you can bet there are lots of girls out there dreaming of this kind of opportunity…this kind of chance to leave it all on the field, so to speak.
Yes, as a parent, I know all about the potential injuries, especially head trauma, and that’s part of why I love this new headband the players are wearing to reduce the risk of head injury. It’s actually touted as military grade head protection. The brand, Unequal® Technologies, claims this new line of headgear will give players the confidence they need without affecting their style of play. Even U.S. soccer veteran Ali Krieger chose to wear the headgear this month during the women’s soccer tournament in Canada. She’s had multiple concussions and claims the protective headband is lightweight and comfortable. Plus, in different colors and styles, it’s pretty. I know these gals are tough, but they like to look good, too.
All I know is I support anything that makes it possible for more girls to play and be protected.
I think watching this FIFA quarterfinals match against Germany is going to create a lot more soccer fans…gals especially…and I want them to be safe while they’re scoring for the USA!
(Note to readers: The company has offered to send me one of these headbands in exchange for promotion. I’ll be gifting it to a young female soccer player I know when it arrives.)