This upcoming April the annual OWN IT Summit will be held by OWN IT, a student initiative that seeks to connect students with women in leadership, featuring numerous speakers from various professional fields. One of the keynote interviewees will be two time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 FIFA champion, Abby Wombach. Wambach’s contribution to not only soccer but to women’s sports as a whole expects to be highlighted.
The Rochester, New York native Abby Wambach is the youngest of seven siblings and began playing soccer at the age of four when she originally just wanted to try the sport. At the age of five Wambach was transferred into the boy’s league after scoring 27 goals in only three games in the girl’s league. Wambach played soccer in high school at Our Lady of Mercer High School in Rochester and finished her career with an amazing 142 goals including 34 in 1997 alone. In 1998, Wambach would join the University of Florida Gators soccer team which had only been in existence for three years and would subsequently help lead the team to a National Title her freshman season. In 2012, Wambach would be inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. In 2001, Wambach’s play on the Gators’ team would earn her a spot at the United States Women’s National Team’s training camp and hasn’t looked back since. In her first FIFA World Cup in 2003, Wambach would lead the National Team in goals with three on route to a third place finish for the team. The following year, Wambach made her first appearance on the Olympic stage and didn’t disappoint by scoring on a 10 yard header that gave the National Team the gold medal against soccer powerhouse Brazil. During the 2007 FIFA World Cup, Wambach would become only the 20th player in U.S. Soccer Women’s history to have 100 caps in international play. At the 2012 Summer Olympics Wambach scored in every match except the final win against rival Japan in the gold medal match. In 2015, Wambach announced that the FIFA World Cup in Canada would be her last and the soccer legend helped lead the National Team to another Gold Medal in what was an emotional 43rd minute that saw Wambach give the captain’s armband to teammate Christie Rampone. After her retirement, Wambach stands as the most prolific goal scorer in men’s or women’s international soccer history with 184 career goals.
This upcoming April the OWN IT Summit will feature one of the greatest soccer athletes in not only the United States but the world in Abby Wambach as a guest interviewee. It is expected that the interview will highlight Wambach’s contribution to not only soccer but women’s sports as a whole and with Wambach present the event should prove to be a success.
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