U.S. Embassy Hosts Harvard Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Children of Armenia Fund, is pleased to announce a soccer diplomacy visit from author, journalist and soccer enthusiast Andrea Montalbano December 4-10. Her itinerary includes a master class with the Armenian national women's team, field training with young female soccer players and public presentations. The purpose of her visit is to encourage girls and their parents to enjoy the game of football and embrace all the benefits that come with the world's most popular sport.
SOCCER SISTERS IN THE NEWS:
• "THE LOVE OF THE GAME" IN TIME FOR KIDS
Vee Merino is a Soccer Sister. But she's not sure what that means anymore.
As the youngest member of the elite Brookville Bombers soccer team, Vee's feeling crazy out of place. She attends a different school, couldn't care less about the other girls' stupid winter dance, and doesn't get why all of a sudden her teammates can't talk about anything except guys. What about soccer -- and the Soccer Sisters Code?
When the Bombers play a match against El Fuego, a team from Vee's school, she gets a taste for another type of belonging--and starts to wonder if the mean words of fellow Bomber Olivia, who wants her off the squad, are true. Is her time with the Bombers up? Is Vee offside, destined to be the odd girl out? And should she quit while she's ahead--even if it costs her team the indoor soccer championship?
Lily James is a Soccer Sister. With the Brookville Bombers, her super competitive - and super skilled - soccer team, 13-year-old Lily plays hard and wins big. She and her teammates, including best friend Vee Merino, have hit the top of the league by running fast, passing straight, and following the Soccer Sisters Code, a list of ten unbreakable rules that keep the game clean and the victories sweet.
But when Colby Wrangle joins the Bombers, everything changes. Colby's got crazy soccer skills, dyed hair, fake tattoos, and tons of attitude. She's the coolest thing Lily's ever seen - and on the field, she'll do anything to win. Off it, she'll do anything to have fun. Soon Lily is sneaking out, lying - and trying to remember what made soccer so beautiful to begin with. With a huge tournament in Montreal looming, she's got tough choices ahead. They'll affect her family, her friends, the game she loves... and the future of the Soccer Sisters Code.
Brandi Chastain, former NCAA, World Cup and Olympics star is best known for her game-winning penalty kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final. She is also proud to be the Official Spokesperson of the Soccer Sisters Series -- our Official Soccer Sister!! Here's a clip of Brandi & Andrea on the TODAY show on December 4!
Author Andrea Montalbano speaks to Silverado Middle School students about her book "Breakaway", which was chosen for the Napa County Reads program by the Napa County Office of Education.
Read the story in the Napa Valley Register here!
Novelist Uses Soccer to Teach Lessons About Life