WNT Apr 29, 2011
The U.S. WNT had a special guest at training yesterday in former U.S. U-17 and current U-20 WNT pool goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin. She and her grandpa made the almost four hour drive from St. Petersburg on the other side of the state just to watch training and take in a few goalkeeper sessions close up. You may have heard Bre's name before due to her tremendous work to start a non-profit organization called Many Hearts, One Goal to help the Haitian women's soccer team, or you may have seen her on ESPN's E:60, which produced two heart-wrenching features on the Haitian's U-17 Women's National Team and Bre's work.
If you haven't, this will get you caught up:
Here's how it all started. And here.
She actually raised money to bring the Haitians to Disneyland, and asked Abby Wambach to come down to Florida to hang out with the Haitians, which she did. But after doing all that work, Bre couldn't be there because she was selected for the U.S. team for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany, so she met Abby face-to-face for the first time at training yesterday.
Bryane is getting honored at the National Sportsmanship Awards in St. Louis this weekend.
Bre has just been cleared for game action after getting over a broken leg suffered during her high school season, so hopefully the trainings gave her extra inspiration in her comeback. She has certainly given many others inspiration with her empathy and work for those in need.
Bryane chats with another one of her goalkeeping idols, Nicole Barnhart