When people would ask me “Did you see that soccer game?” I would always say, “I have never watched a soccer game in my entire life.”
I can say that no longer. I watched the entire final game of USA vs. The Netherlands. USA won 2:0. I watched because I was told about the strength, teamwork and the talent this team displays. Although I have no idea what the rules of the game are or how the heck soccer players can run constantly for 45 minutes at a time and do it twice, I knew I was witnessing a great team play their best.
I cried when they won. I felt I witnessed an amazing display of individual effort, team playing, and leadership.
It has been interesting to see the idea transition from the greatest women’s soccer team to the gender-neutral description they are the greatest soccer team ever.
Megan Rapinoe, the US team captain, must be the most well-known American around the world today.
I have observed her over the years as an amazing sportswoman and have seen her grow and consistently support equal pay for the women’s team.
Here are five areas where I think she shines as a leader:
No conclusion has been drawn in this case and I know their performance in the World Cup will prove that equal pay should be awarded to each and every one of these players.
After the game, the crowd shouted “U.S.A!”
The crowd then began chanting “Equal Pay! Equal Pay! Equal Pay!”
In support of this team and their efforts and Megan’s amazing leadership, I’m buying a few jerseys for me and a few young girls I know. I am becoming more conscious about supporting our women’s teams by buying game tickets. I’m going to the games.
Megan Rapinoe said that in order for her to speak her voice from her position, “I keep myself woke.”
That’s great advice from a leader.