Lloyd heads here to inspire kids

The Dream Out Loud Foundation will be hosting the “Arie Smith Soccer Camp” on Monday and Tuesday, 17-18 December, at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay. The camp will run from 4pm to 8pm each evening and is free for boys and girls aged 7-18 to attend.

Highlighting the camp will be the presence of professional football player Carli Lloyd, who will be attending to greet and take pictures with the campers and tell her motivational story on her journey as a professional player.

Lloyd, 30, is a member of the US women’s national team and she has played for various clubs in the Women’s Professional Soccer League. She has 41 goals and over 140 caps for the US national team, which features stars like Abby Wambach and Hope Solo.

The New Jersey native is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, scoring the winning goals in the recent 2012 Olympics against Japan in the finals and scoring the overtime game winner against Brazil in the 2008 Olympics. She also won silver at the previous women’s World Cup in 2011.

Lloyd was a student-athlete at Rutgers University and named “First Team All Big East” for all four years. She was also named the US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2008.

Dream Out Loud is a nonprofit organisation promoting and providing opportunities for young girls through football in the Cayman Islands while empowering and educating them on leadership on and off the field.

Women’s football has grown tremendously around the world and in Cayman over recent years. For young Caymanian football player and Dream Out Loud Foundation founder Arie Smith, the goal is to further the development of programmes and initiatives for young women here in Cayman, which is what this camp will provide.

Smith, 22, is now a senior student at Kennesaw State University and her commitment to this foundation and camp is a way for her to give back to her community here in Cayman, through a sport that is her passion.

For more information on this week’s camp, call 925-3103 or 916-3977

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