By Maria Isabel Parada
Published: March 14th, 2018
The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) won its second “She Believes” Cup last Wednesday. This tournament, created in 2016, has created a bond between the fans and the players, forming a movement that inspires and empowers women.
This year, the USWNT took the movement to another level. On March 3, it had its first ever “She Believes” summit, open to female college students. More than 50 gathered at the Nike Headquarters in Manhattan to see WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Elena Delle Donne, FIFA referee Christina Unkel, and co-founder of the Ceres Platinum Group and former USWNT player Heather Mitts.
The students were encouraged by former USWNT player Julie Foudy to get out of their comfort zone and own their uniqueness. During the whole day, the students had the opportunity to listen to three panels led by Katie Witham, soccer reporter and host of Fox Sports. The students also had two breakout sessions where they were mentored more personally according to their personal interests.
The “She Believes” Cup was held for exactly one week, from March 1 to March 7. As of now, the tournament is only played between Germany, France, England, and the USA.
Every team plays three games, each in one of three major cities of the United States. The opening game this year was at the Mapfre Stadium in Ohio; the second double-header was in the Red Bulls Arena in New Jersey; the final game was played in Orlando, Florida.
The United States has won two of the three cups of the “She Believes” Tournament. Last year, France took the cup.
The USWNT already qualified for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. The “She Believes” Cup not only represents a good cause with a positive message, but it will also prepare the team for a serious run at a world cup victory.