The library is happy to announce that World Cup goalkeeper Briana Scurry can be in Bowling Inexperienced
Sunday, July 23. The presentation by this world-class, Olympic-gold profitable athlete sponsored by WCPL will happen at SKyPAC at 3pm. Timing is ideal, for the reason that FIFA Girls’s World Cup runs from July 20 via August 20! Whereas it’s free and open to the general public, ticket reservations are required and accessible on-line (warrenpl.org/occasion/briana). Copies of her memoir, My Best Save, can be accessible for buy and personalizing after her presentation.
The occasion, entitled “Past the Subject: Inspiration from World Cup Athlete Briana Scurry,” factors to the impression this proficient legend has had on the game of soccer itself and past. Her prowess on the sphere started in highschool, as she helped lead her Minneapolis (MN) soccer staff to a State Championship win. An athlete in quite a few sports activities, she was finally named her faculty’s prime feminine athlete and obtained the primary accolade on the state stage, too.
Not surprisingly, Scurry turned a drive to be reckoned with on the school discipline whereas attending College of Massachusetts, throughout which period she earned quite a few designations, together with Nationwide Goalkeeper of the 12 months in 1993. Her skilled profession that adopted continued the custom of excellence. She participated within the US girls’s nationwide soccer staff from 1994 and 2008, the place she ranks second amongst feminine soccer goalkeepers, with a profession complete of 173 worldwide appearances, incomes 71 shutout video games within the course of. Her 1996 Olympic Group gained gold, and whereas that was spectacular sufficient, equally superb was that she allowed solely three objectives within the 5 matches performed. She repeated that very same feat within the 1999 Girls’s World Cup championship, when she additionally recorded 4 shutouts and obtained the Finest Goalkeeper Award.
A founding participant within the first skilled league for ladies, the Girls’s United Soccer Affiliation, Scurry performed for the Atlanta Beat, and was named Goalkeeper of the 12 months in 2003. One of many first skilled African American feminine gamers, she has helped to diversify and amplify the game. She additionally performed for one yr for the Washington Freedom within the inaugural season of Girls’s Skilled Soccer earlier than an harm led to her retirement from the staff.
Regardless of that setback, she continued to shine, serving to her Olympic staff win a silver medal in 2000 then repeating her 1996 gold-winning victory in 2004. She performed for the FIFA Girls’s World Cup in 2003 and once more in 2007. Sadly, an on-field collision in 2010 resulted in a traumatic mind harm that ended her enjoying however led to a profession of teaching, commentating, and advocating. She’s been energetic ever since.
Her legacy amongst athletes is unparalleled. In 2017 Scurry was inducted into the Nationwide Soccer Corridor of Fame and was honored additionally by having her U.S. Nationwide Soccer Group jersey positioned on everlasting show on the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Museum of African American Historical past and Tradition. In 2022, her e-book, My Best Save, was revealed concurrently with the discharge of “The Solely,” a compelling documentary about her life that streamed on Paramount+.
This quote from her web site (www.briscurry.com) speaks to her ardour and drive: “As one of many first African American skilled feminine soccer gamers in addition to one of many first out LGBT gamers, Scurry has confronted and triumphed over varied challenges throughout the course of her profession. The epitome of a staff participant with a palpable love of the sport, Scurry attracts on her means to beat obstacles to offer perception on the significance of teamwork, motivation, focus, and techniques for leveraging private strengths.”
Make plans now to attend this free presentation and be impressed! In case you are a coach, carry your staff! In case you are an athlete, former athlete, or guardian with a younger athlete, make plans now to attend. Don’t overlook to order a free ticket for you and your social gathering on-line at warrenpl.org/occasion/briana. Hope to see you at SKyPAC Sunday, July 23, at 3pm for a memorable expertise!
-submitted by Warren County Public Library