The U.S. WNT players get quite a bit of fan mail, but before this trip to the Algarve Cup, the team got a gift that truly is special. It seems there is a seven-year old soccer player in Northern California whose mom is friends with Shannon Boxx' sister and, well, while it would be impossible to designate the #1 fan of the U.S. WNT, this young lady certainly wins the award for February 2010.
She put together a book (with a little help from her mom) to wish the U.S. team good luck at the Algarve Cup and it's about the cutest "good luck book type thing" that players had ever seen. Each page features a picture of the WNT player, the first letter of their names spelling out words or phrases that relate to that player, their soccer or their personality, and of course a personal note from Peyton. It seems that Peyton has read everything ever written about the U.S. WNT players since...well, since she learned how to read.
It's even bound with a hard cover. Very impressive. Peyton even went so far as to do up a page for late roster add Megan Rapinoe and insert the loose piece of paper into the book so Rapinoe wouldn't feel left out.
Here are a few pages from the book and an especially amusing paragraph about the author that we copied into the WNT Blog from the last page of her book. Well done Peyton! (And Peyton's mom).
About the Author:
Peyton is 7 years old and she lives in (redacted), California with her little brother Ryan, her mom, dad and her pets: Charlie the chocolate lab, Lacie the ball python, Ruby the rat and Taffy and Cinnamon, her two guinea pigs. She loves playing soccer, pogo-sticking, drawing and her family. When she grows up, Peyton wants to be a soccer player and an animal rescuer. Peyton is grateful to all the women's soccer players that have come before her, because they have laid the groundwork that will allow her to be whatever she chooses to be -- including a professional soccer player.