Waiting 96 Years for an Opportunity

Goalie gloves worn by Briana Scurry, ca. 2004.
Gift of Briana Scurry.

Ninety-six years after men first competed in soccer at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, women finally received the same opportunity. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, goalkeeper Briana Scurry and her teammates on the U.S. team won the first gold medal ever awarded for women’s soccer.

Scurry said she believes strongly in the power and purpose of sports. She explains, “Sports provide a positive, learning, and nurturing environment where girls can learn the values of teamwork, leadership, self-esteem, resilience, and just be girls! . . . Sports provide another choice to young African American girls that can help them grow strong and become the leaders of tomorrow. Sport isn’t just about playing, it’s a great teacher. Sports teach you about yourself, what you are made of inside, and can be a catalyst that launches you into what you will become.”

Sport isn’t just about playing, it’s a great teacher.

Briana Scurry Olympic Soccer Player