CHICAGO (Wednesday, December 4, 2002) - U.S. Soccer will host the PASO Olympic Solidarity Seminar for Women's Soccer from December 5-9, 2002, in Austin, Texas. Coaches from the 42 PASO (Pan American Sports Organization) member countries have been invited to the seminar, which is being held on the same weekend as the Women's College Cup, also in Austin, Texas.
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs and members of her Women’s National Team coaching staff will lead the five-day event, with the goal of furthering the development of women’s soccer in the Pan American region. The hope is that with the skills and knowledge gained in Texas, the coaches will be able to return to their countries and continue to grow and improve women’s soccer.
"As our country is a leader in women's soccer, I've always felt it's important to give back to the game," said U.S. WNT head coach April Heinrichs. "The USOC/PASO Solidarity Seminar is a way for all of us on the Women's National Teams Program Staff to give to these developing countries. The entire curriculum is designed for the Pan American countries and geared towards jump-starting their player development program. They will walk away with a model for how to develop youth players and teams that in time, and with support from their federation, will impact the success of their Women's National Team, and further develop the women's game around the world."
The seminar will include presentations by coaches across all areas of the sport, field sessions to discuss technical aspects of the game, and the chance to observe NCAA tournament games, which will be incorporated into the seminar’s discussions. U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs, U-19 head coach Tracey Leone, National Staff Coach Dave Simeone, U.S. Under-21 WNT head coach Chris Petrucelli, and many more are scheduled to present at the event. Dr. Kris Clark (nutrition) and Dr. Colleen Hacker (mental conditioning) have worked extensively with the U.S. Women’s National Team in the past and will also speak at the seminar.
The five-day event is one of the many sport-specific seminars that PASO and the IOC are staging in various countries across all Olympic sports. For the sport of women’s soccer, PASO and the IOC asked the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer to host the event.
The Pan American Sports Organization’s 42 members include: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, British Virgin Island and the U.S. Virgin Islands.