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Can sport really drive actual change in society?

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Can sport really drive actual change in society? Over the past number of months we have seen kneeling, statements, gestures and strong messages being sent by athletes, particularly in American sports. Here to discuss how much of a difference athletes can actually make, and whether it is their place at all to speak up please welcome in conversation with Ger Gilroy of OffTheBall.com, Olympic and World Cup Champion Hope Solo.

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Hope Solo Bio As PDF

Hope Amelia Solo is an American professional soccer goalkeeper who played for her country’s national team from 2000 to August 2016. One of the greatest female goalkeepers of all time, she is the present holder of the US record for most career shutouts. At 12, she wrote a paper in which she expressed her aspiration to become a professional soccer player, even though the option wasn’t really available for women back then. She started as a forward in the games for her school, but when she went to college, she switched to goalkeeping. She played for the US junior national team before her induction in the senior’s squad. Over the ensuing years, she has been part of several clubs in multiple women soccer leagues in the US and beyond, most notably ‘Philadelphia Charge’, ‘Kopparbergs/Göteborg’, ‘Saint Louis Athletica’, and ‘Seattle Reign FC’, and was instrumental in America’s win of two Olympic gold medals, and a World Cup Championship. She competed on the 13th season of ABC’s reality TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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