Right before the start of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team launched the SheBelieves Hero contest, which aimed to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 who embodies the SheBelieves spirit.
A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference.
The winner of the 2017 SheBelieves Hero contest was Danielle Bosland, who although plays soccer and many other sports, dreams to become a physical therapist. She says this team and the SheBelieves campaign is a perfect example of what reaching for your goals is all about and the reason she feels her dream is a very real future for her.
“I think it’s encouraging for my peers and the girls around me to go for what they want to because there’s definitely people out there who are going to tell us that we can’t, but I think we can if we set our heart to it,” Bosland said. “And this team shows us that.”
Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.
Despite not wanting to be a professional soccer player, we asked Bosland, why are these players your heroes?
“The truth is that, on and off the field, they’re so relatable and humble people,” she said. “I just think they show you how to be a great person and I think they really help me be a better person myself.”
Danielle also volunteers for a children’s program in her community, working with children’s ages 5-7 and is part of a club that spends time with the elderly, where they go on trips and host events for them. More than anything, she enjoys putting a smile on everyone’s face.
The prize of the contest was a trip to the March 4 match between the WNT and England at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Additionally, the team also surprised Danielle with a visit to the USA’s training the day before the game, where she got to see first-hand how those women she so long admires train and prepare to compete and give it their all doing what they love.
“It’s hard to describe what being here represents. It’s so cool. I mean, I hugged Tobin Heath so that was pretty cool.”