Carli Lloyd, World Cup MVP and 2015 World Champion footballer, is returning to the Cayman Islands next week.
Lloyd, who visited Cayman in 2012, is scheduled to make another special appearance at the Arie Smith Football Camp at Camana Bay’s Sports Complex on Dec. 21.
Before Smith and Lloyd joined forces in 2012 for the first time, both women shared the Kennesaw State University field as football players, until they eventually crossed paths, and Smith proposed her charitable plan for Lloyd to make an appearance.
Lloyd, an American two-time Olympic gold medalist, No. 10 jersey and midfielder for the Houston Dash and the U.S. national soccer team, intends to once again inspire individuals with a passion for the game. She will also help raise money at a charity dinner on Dec. 20.
Lloyd first got her start in football at age 5, on a coed team. She continued to hone her skills through high school, where she was captain of her team. By the time she left high school, she had become a two-time Player of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, and Courier-Post Player of the Year.
A native of Jersey, Lloyd proceeded to play football at college level for Rutgers University’s Scarlet Knights and went on to be named Big East Academic All Star and Big East Midfielder of the Year 2004.
She played with the U.S. junior team from 2002-2005 before going on to play with the U.S. senior team, where she was voted MVP of the Algarve Cup in 2007. She made her debut that summer in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In 2008, Lloyd was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year alongside U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, for her outstanding performance in the Beijing Olympics.
The football camp and charity dinner in Cayman is sponsored by the Dream Out Loud Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Caymanian Arie Smith. The organization aspires to promote leadership and opportunities for young girls through football.
Smith said the event in 2012 drew a great crowd and people are again “really interested” this year.
Lloyd will give a speech at the end of the camp, sign autographs and take part in a question-and-answer session. All proceeds from the event will go to West Bay Primary’s Girls Football Program and Scholars International Women’s Football Club. The camp is open to boys and girls of all ages. Admission for the football camp is free.
For more information on tickets for the charity dinner, call 916-3977 or 929-1561.