Soccer star Megan Rapinoe spoke at Cornell University about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their right to equality. The event was hosted by Cornell’s chapter of Athlete Ally which is national organization representing the LGBT community and its inclusion in sports. The chapter launched in 2013 and was excited to have Rapinoe, an athlete who has worked with Athlete Ally since 2013, speak to their attendees.
Megan Rapinoe is a Redding, California native who played soccer in high school at the Elk Grove Pride Club located in Sacramento, California. Her time with Elk Grove lasted for three years including an equalizer goal in the 18th minute against the Peachtree City Lazers and a second place finish at the nationals. After high school, Rapinoe went on to play college soccer with the University of Portland Pilots. Her freshman season Rapinoe helped the Pilots to the College Cup and scored seven game winning goals during the season. As a sophomore and Junior Rapinoe scored an amazing amount of goals and finished her career at Portland with 88 points despite only playing 60 games. Rapinoe entered the Women’s Professional Soccer draft in 2009 and was selected by the Chicago Red Stars second overall for the inaugural season of the WPS. In 2012 the league ceded operations and Rapinoe went to play for Australian league team Sydney FC as a guest and the following year Rapinoe left for French team Olympique Lyonnais and finished her 28 career games with Olympique with eight goals. In 2013 she returned to the states to play for the Seattle Reign FC and currently plays for the team today. Rapinoe was named to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and ultimately lost in the final against Japan in a penalty shootout 4-1. The following year, Rapinoe helped lead the U.S. Team to a gold medal in the London Olympics where in the final they beat the same Japan 2-1 in the final. This past year the Women’s National Team participated in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and ultimately won the gold against Japan once again.
Earlier this month Megan Rapinoe spoke at Cornell University at an event held by Athlete Ally. Rapinoe spoke about people that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes and their right to equality. The event had a great turnout and gave attendees the opportunity to hear from an soccer star who in 2013 announced she was in fact lesbian and has been working with Athlete Ally since.
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