The SO participated in a soccer clinic by the TeamFirst Soccer Academy. Four legendary female soccer players came to Mt Pleasant for two days of soccer clinics for various groups.
The clinic was led by Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Tisha Venturini Hoch, and Ange Kelly.
I have to admit that I was excited for the opportunity to meet Mia Hamm in large part because of whom she is married to: Nomar Garciaparra (former All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox). I was really hoping that maybe he would accompany her and I would have the chance to meet him as well; and yes I actually asked her if he came with her! I said, "I'm a Red Sox fan, so I just have to ask, did Nomar come with you?" He didn't, she said he wished he could have, but the baseball season just started and he's a broadcaster with the Dodgers.
I digress ...
Kayla had a fun time doing some soccer drills and a quick scrimmage game. After the clinic I asked her if she wanted to play soccer now. Her response, "Not yet, maybe when I'm thirteen."
Asking Mia Hamm to sign my sister's copy of Hamm's book. My sister, in her younger years (ha!) played soccer. When we went to visit my mom over Spring Break I was looking through the bookshelf in my sister's old room and saw the book and took it home with me to get autographed. Perfect timing!
With Kristine Lilly
With Ange Kelly
With Tisha Venturini Hoch
Later that evening we attended the Charleston Battery soccer game and the SO athletes escorted the starting players out on the field and stood with them for the national anthem.
Waving to all her adoring fans!
"Come on players!"