Some lucky young soccer players got a chance to workout with three of the greats.
Olympic gold medalists Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch returned Sunday to the Live Fearless clinic for the third year to inspire the next generation of female soccer players.
The three soccer superstars led a coaching staff that also included members of the N.C. Courage, the state's newest professional women's sports team. The more than 150 girls who participated were selected for their sportsmanship during the spring season. (Full disclosure: Those girls included my older daughter).
Hamm, of course, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time World Cup champion and soccer icon. Hamm formed the Team First Soccer Academy with her former Olympic and UNC-Chapel Hill teammates, Lilly and Hoch. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina brought Team First to lead Sunday's soccer clinic, which, at least for my daughter, was a pretty amazing experience.
The four-hour event included a mix of drills, pep talks and some important information about nutrition and concussion safety. Participants also had a chance to watch superstar soccer freestyler Indi Cowie, who attended Green Hope High School in Cary and UNC-Chapel Hill. Cowie has showcased her record-breaking skills around the world. Watch the video to see Cowie in action.
What a great opportunity for these girls!