#Like A Girl: Spotlight On Carli Lloyd

Story by Teresa Mathews and Makenzie Walden Taylor

Pictures from: Google Images

Have you ever been told that you can’t do things that boys did  just because you were a girl?  So many women and and girls have been told that their dreams could never come true because it's a man’s business or it’s a man’s world. Why should countless young women's dreams be destroyed because of an inflated ego. The Women's Fifa World Cup is one of the most important sporting events but like many other women's sports it is always left in the shadows and almost never talked about. So our  #Like a Girl Spotlight is on Carli today because she is unstoppable and smashes limitations “like a girl”.

Lets take a look at Carli Lloyd.

Carli Lloyd is soccer player for the U.S. national team. She was born in Delran Township, New Jersey.  Lloyd is now playing for the U.S national team in San Jose, California as of May 10, 2015. She started playing soccer when she was five and then when she attended Delran High School she played soccer. After high school, Carli attended Rutgers University where she played for the Scarlet Knights. 

Carli has played for many WPS teams in her career—the Chicago Red Stars, Boston Breakers, Los Angeles Sol, Atlanta Beat, Western New York Flash and Washington Spirit. 

Like any great leader, Carli recognizes those who were essential to her success. She reinforces the concept of teamwork in her interviews.  Carli gives credit to the USA Team. “It took all 23 players to get this done.” She is a team player and her teamwork skills make her a  great role model for young girls who are interested in playing soccer. Carli Lloyd is a great role model because she has been playing soccer since she was five years old and has made it all the way to the WPS.  She values her team and it shows on the field. She is a real life example of how dedication, talent and effort can help you achieve your dreams.         

Teresa Mathews is an eighth grade scholar and Makenzie Walden Taylor is a seventh grade scholar at Friendship Chamberlain Academy.