This past Saturday, GRRRL Camp co-directors attended the US vs. Australia women’s soccer game! YES, the team that just won the Olympic gold medal! This was a dream come true for us crazy fans. We got autographs from Wambach, O’Reilly, and the captain, Rampone. Our own personal nerd-fan freak outs aside, we also noticed some awesome and exciting things about what this fan appreciation tour means for women’s sports!
- There were LOADS of little girls wearing their own soccer team jerseys, or replicas of the official US team ones. They were SO excited to see these ladies play in person!
- It was very clear that many of these girls strongly identified with the US players, and were aspiring to be like them. We saw a girl who had made her own shirt, labeling herself “The future of the USWNT.” Tears of happiness!
- There was also an “Alex (Morgan), be my best friend!” sign a girl had made, and was proudly displaying. Role modeling and mentoring from afar. YES!
- The enthusiasm about women’s sports spanned sexes and genders. There were men with custom jerseys with the lady players’ names on the back, and there was a whole group of teenaged boys wearing Alex Morgan’s signature pink pre-wrap headbands to support her! Yes, PINK.
- The atmosphere was totally supportive of girls’ futures as professional athletes. The clothing choices parents made at this game were awesome as well. One toddler girl had a green onsie on, labeling her a “Future All-Star.”
This experience recharged us and further inspired us, and we highly recommend attending as many ladies’ sporting events as possible! And bring your little girls :)