CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2019) – Mckenna Woodhead has been voted the winner of the 2019 SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the start of the SheBelieves Cup. She will receive complimentary travel and tickets to the U.S. Women’s National Team match vs. England at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. On March 2 (4:30 p.m. ET; FOX).
@ussoccer_wnt @ussoccer , McKenna Woodhead's team would like to nominate her @mmmmwcwood for the #shebelieveshero #contest. McKenna is 15 years old from Clover SC She played for the @RapidsGirls @theECNL and @CloverSoccerG and her story inspires us all! @CarolinaRapids pic.twitter.com/qAECVAxi7V— kat (@katteck1) February 10, 2019
A panel of four former U.S. Women’s National Team players selected the contest finalists from a field of eligible submissions. The finalists’ stories were shared via social media for the general public to vote on who best embodied the SheBelieves spirit, which is defined as a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and actively works to make a difference.
Public votes counted for 50 percent of the total with the panelists’ votes accounting for the other 50 percent. The other SheBelieves Hero finalists were Maddie Lauro, Alyssa Corb and Molly Clark.
Conceived and developed by U.S. Soccer and 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 into communities across the nation. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe.