CHICAGO (May 2, 2011) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Amanda Cromwell and goalkeeper Briana Scurry will be in Germany, site of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, from May 1-7 as U.S. Department of State’s Sports Envoys hosted by the United States Embassy. They will conduct soccer clinics with local youth players, meet with high school and university students and participate in community events in Women’s World Cup venue cities Berlin, Dresden, Wolfsburg, Sinsheim, and Frankfurt.
U.S. Soccer, in partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited Office, participates in international sports initiatives as a way to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world.
At the clinics, Cromwell and Scurry will not only discuss soccer but also how playing sports can help the participants stay active and healthy throughout their life. Sports Envoys also stress the importance of hard work as it relates to soccer, as well as success and achievement in the classroom and other areas of life.
Cromwell and Scurry will host two soccer camps for girls between the ages of 12 and 15 on Monday May 2, in Berlin and then will travel to Dresden on May 3 to host informational sessions with local grade school and middle school physical education teachers along with soccer camps for elementary school students. On May 4, Cromwell and Scurry will participate in town hall meetings and host soccer camps and training sessions in Wolfsburg. They will spend the remaining days of their trip to Germany visiting Sinsheim and Frankfurt and hosting soccer camps for local players and coaches. They will also attend a kickoff reception for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Frankfurt.
Germany will host the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup which kicks off on June 26 and runs through July 17. The United States Women’s National Team, which is ranked No-1 in the world, will face Korea DPR in its opening game of the tournament on June 28 in Dresden.
Cromwell earned 55 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team between 1991 and 1998 and traveled to Bolivia in 2009 as a Sports Envoy. Scurry made 173 appearances in goal for the U.S. and is currently the WNT’s all-time leading goalkeeper in caps, wins and shutouts. Scurry also helped the USA to a pair of Olympic gold medals and the 1999 Women’s World Cup title.
U.S. Soccer has participated in the SportsUnited Sports Envoy program since 2006. In that time, players and coaches have traveled to Bahrain, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Philippines, Morocco, El Salvador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Cyprus.