Coast Guard sponsors Women’s Professional Soccer All Star Game

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Women's Professional Soccer All-Star Marta celebrates a goal during the All-Star Game. Note the Coast Guard emblem on the players' jerseys. (c) Howard C. Smith/ISIPHotos.net
Women's Professional Soccer All-Star Marta celebrates a goal during the All-Star Game. Note the Coast Guard emblem on the players' jerseys. (c) Howard C. Smith/ISIPHotos.net (Click the image to view a slide show from the game.)

In 2009, the Coast Guard partnered with Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in an effort to advocate healthy, active lifestyle choices in today’s young women and to share career opportunities in the U.S. Coast Guard. That relationship continues to blossom and those attending last week’s WPS All-Star Game just outside of Atlanta, GA, had ample opportunity to learn more about the service.

The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team performs during the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer All-Star Game pre-game show. (Photo courtesy of Women's Professional Soccer)
The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team performs at the 2010 WPS All-Star Game. (Photo courtesy of Women's Professional Soccer)

The Coast Guard’s Silent Drill Team took part in the pre-game festivities, the color guard presented colors and Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz presented the game ball prior to kick-off. A small boat crew from Station Brunswick and a flight crew from Air Training Center Mobile were on hand to share their Coast Guard experiences with soccer fans.

“Women’s Professional Soccer and the U.S. Coast Guard are both organizations in which outstanding women can achieve great things,” said RDML Stosz, Director of the Coast Guard Reserve and Leadership Directorate. “Our partnership allows the Coast Guard to play an active role in mentoring America’s young women alongside some of the world’s most accomplished female athletes while showcasing the Service as a great career opportunity.”

RDML Stosz poses with the boat crew from Station Brunswick. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Scott Carr.)
RDML Stosz poses with the boat crew from Station Brunswick. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Scott Carr.)

Back in April, we blogged about Abby Wambach and Sonia Bompastor’s visit to Station Washington, D.C. During the course of the day, the two all-stars were clearly impressed not only with the Coast Guard but with the opportunities available to women in the service.

“I think any female athlete would be a perfect fit for the Coast Guard,” said Wambach. “Athletes are team players and the military needs team players. I would encourage anyone who wasn’t still protecting goals to consider protecting our country.” (Click here to read the rest of ‘Soccer superstars spend a day with the Coast Guard’.)

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