They inspire us, motivate us, and encourage us to be who we are and be the best we can be. They make us believe that anything is possible. This third star is a huge defining moment in so many aspects, but it is a huge step #for the LGBT community. This team just took on the world, and did it with the biggest smiles on their faces.
Having #out athletes on a championship team like the USWNT can mean a lot for young women who aspire to succeed in sports. For out athlete Megan Conger, it was jaw dropping and motivating:
At the end of an incredible game, Abby Wambach rushed to the stands to kiss her wife in front of over 50,000 people. I think that’s the bravest, strongest, and realest I’ve ever known. It was the visibility of a champion embracing all that life has to offer. It was a thunder punch to the gut of anyone who thinks openly gay athletes don’t belong in sports. You can be gay, and still compete at an elite level.
In a 5-2 win over Japan that blew up TV ratings, the USA women had won the World Cup trophy in a dominating fashion. Having the women’s World Cup get so much attention brought #female athletes to the forefront of conversation. They saw an amazing performance from a team of women who not only found common ground, but embraced their differences.
It’s no secret that there are inequalities in sports for women. Women’s events are generally less talked about. When they are talked about, people are quick to criticize. They say that #female athletes aren’t as strong or as important as men. We see comments that women’s sports aren’t even real.