Hope Solo Named Woman of Inspiration

Posted: May 30, 2012

The Phoenix Mercury will honor the worlds leading soccer goalkeeper, Hope Solo, as the teams 2012 Woman of Inspiration during the June 23 matchup vs. Los Angeles at 6 p.m. The night will be dedicated to recognizing Solos accomplishments on the field as well as in the community, and will also mark the Mercurys celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Solo has been part of the U.S. National team since 2005 and her impact on the team was immediate as she started 7 matches, earning 7 shutouts. In 2006, she helped lead the team to a 14-0-4 season and in 2007, she started 15 games for a team record of 13-0-2.

Shes been part of the National Team at both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Womens World Cups and in 2008, Solo was part of the Olympic team that was triumphant in the showdown against Brazil, earning a shutout and the Gold Medal in a 1-0 extra time win.

Each year, this award is presented to a woman who, by following her own dreams, is inspiring others to do the same. Hope has experienced a tremendous amount of success on and off the soccer field despite some tough setbacks in her life. Were thrilled to honor her as this years Woman of Inspiration as a part of our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, said Mercury President and COO Amber Cox. Solo is the Mercurys sixth Woman of Inspiration and now shares the title with Robin Roberts (2007), Ali Vincent, First Female Biggest Loser (2008), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (2009), Billie Jean King (2010) and Picabo Street (2011).

Its an honor to be among the company of so many women that have been inspirations to me, said Solo. The timing couldnt be more perfect with the anniversary of Title IX because I know my life would be completely different right now if the law hadnt passed and all of those women hadnt opened these doors for me and my generation. All female athletes really deserve this honor for working together to come as far as we have.

The Mercury is inviting everyone to be part of the celebration on June 23 along with Solo. By submitting a story on PhoenixMercury.com about how Title IX has benefitted you, a friend or family member, you will automatically receive a free ticket to the game and take part in an on-court recognition and group photo with Solo at halftime.