Value Education and Hard Work: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Soccer Team Reps Tell Students (May 27, 2016)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby and representatives from the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Soccer Team met students at Gordon International and Gerehu Secondary High School yesterday. Empowering girls and boys to achieve their goals was the message to these students from both Embassy staff and the U-20 team representatives.

The U.S. Women’s Under-20 National Soccer team is in Port Moresby to participate in a Tri-Nation friendly series between the United States, Japan and Papua New Guinea. The friendlies serve as preparation for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup tournament that starts in November in Papua New Guinea and this is the first time that a U.S. women’s soccer team has visited the country.

Jenny Higgs, the team’s Coordinator, shared her motivating story on achieving goals. As she told the students, her goal was to work for the U.S. Soccer organization and, after initial setbacks, she work harder to develop her skills. When she next applied for a position with U.S. Soccer, she was well-prepared and received the position. 

Taylor Racioppi, a U.S. national team player and college student, also spoke to the students about the value of education, hard work and striving to achieve their goals. She currently attends Duke University and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine. “Balancing school and sports is difficult,” Taylor told the students, “But always give a hundred per cent of yourself to your activities in order to succeed.”