Game Changer: Empowering Girls Through Sports
In celebration of Women’s History Month and leading up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup, US soccer star Alex Morgan will discuss how sports and education empowers women around the world and why affording girls access and opportunities benefits them and their communities. On March 21, join Alex for a Facebook Live webchat to hear her thoughts on leveling the playing field for girls and how policies and changing attitudes can open doors for women in sports, education, and careers. Joining Alex will be an audience of youth sports participants in Tanzania, a country Alex visited as a Sports Envoy in 2017. Viewers of the webchat will be able to type in their questions for Alex during the discussion. To participate, visit the event page www.facebook.com/SportsDiplomacyDivision on March 21 at 7:00am EDT (Washington, DC time). We hope you can join the conversation and share your perspectives.
Co-captain, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
As co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and starting forward for the Orlando Pride, Alex Morgan has become one of the most recognized stars in the sport. Helping to lead her teams to championships in the Olympics, Women’s World Cup, Women’s Professional Soccer, and the National Women’s Soccer League, Alex is a proven winner. She has also been named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year and a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team's All-Time Best XI squad. Hailing from Southern California, Alex excelled in high school soccer and was awarded a scholarship to play at the University of California, Berkeley. She finished her career as the Golden Bears' single season-season leading scorer, a four-time all-Pac 10 performer, and a 2010 All-American. Off the field, Alex is one of sports’ most recognizable faces. A media fixture, she has graced the pages of publications ranging from Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue to ESPN the Magazine’s Music Issue, while also having appeared in ESPN’s documentary series Nine for IX. In 2017, Alex Morgan traveled to Tanzania as an official U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy, leading soccer clinics for youth and women in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, and Arusha. She shared her powerful message of women’s empowerment with communities of disparate backgrounds while learning more about the challenges Tanzanian women still face for equal opportunities. Alex feels her most meaningful contribution away from the pitch has come by way of her work as a best-selling author. Writing to celebrate her love of the game and her meteoric rise up the sport’s mountain, Alex hopes her novels inspire young girls everywhere, and that one day they might help the next unknown climb to the top of the soccer world.
Lauren Gibson is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She joined the Department in 2011 and served in Lome, Togo, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Lauren currently works as a South and Central Asia Regional Policy Officer in the Bureau of International Information Programs. Prior to joining the Department, Lauren worked in alternative marketing as an account manager for Nestle and Target. Lauren attended American University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in international affairs. She speaks Vietnamese and French.
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