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I’ve updated the YouTube playlist on my profile page to include a number of videos from the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Experience the Induction Ceremony first hand through my YouTube videos!!! The videos include: a message to Mia and Julie from the US Women’s National Soccer Team before their departure to China for the World Cup. the Hall of Fame Exhibition Match, AND both Mia and Julie’s complete induction speech. Here’s a preview of all the exciting video’s Girl Talk has to share!

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I’ve FINALLY gotten around to updating the slideshow on my profile page with Hall of Fame pictures!! It took me forever to go through all of the pictures from the event and pick out the best ones to share with you! Between the pictures I took and the ones from the professional photographer, there were close to 2,000 pictures to look through. As i’ve been telling you and now you can see for yourself, the whole weekend was amazing! Girl Talk did a fabulous job in presenting this year’s Induction Ceremony. Take a look at my slideshow and let me know what you think.

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Check out the video of me at the Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy press conference. It was incredible to hear Julie Foudy talk about Girl Talk and about the importance of making healthy and responsible decisions. Julie is a true advocate for young females. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to visit Julie’s Sports Leadership Academy’s website. Julie continues her commitment to helping young girls develop into strong woman by teaching her students the ingredients it takes to be a leader on AND off the field.

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I told you yesterday how moving Julie Foudy’s and Mia Hamm’s Induction Ceremony speeches were. Now you can check them out for yourself. I didn’t get as much footage of Mia’s speech as I wanted. I got called away to do some work and prepare for the press conference. The quality isn’t the best because I recorded them on my digital camera. I’ll be sure to share with you a better quality version of the speeches and the weekend once footage from our camera crew starts rolling in. I thought you’d want a sneak peek at some of the Induction Ceremony before that.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on their speeches. Did you think they were as moving as I did?

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Hey Everyone!

The National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction weekend was incredible. My apologies for not being able to write and keep you updated as the weekend got going. I was busier than I ever could have imagined. Some days I was working till 10:30 pm. It was all worth it though and don’t worry to much, I was thinking about you guys all weekend. I made sure to get some great pictures to share with you. Here’s a quick overview of the Induction Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game. I’ll hopefully be updating my slide show on my Myspace profile very soon.

A record crowd of 4,800 people watched as Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy made inspirational and moving acceptance speeches. It was an honor for me to hear both of these women recall those who have shaped them into the incredible people and role models they are today. A common theme thoughout the weekend, highlighted in their speeches, is the history and legacy they want to leave for young women and that neither of these women could have succeeded on their own.

Mia and Julie attributed their success to the encouragement and supportive circle of parents, family, coaches and friends. Julie spoke about how grateful she was for her family and that her mother and father were always at her games. She recalled that even though her mother still to this day doesn’t completely understand the game of soccer, she was the first person win or loose, to tell her she played great and give her a hug after the game. Mia spoke of how meaningful it is she enters the Hall of Fame with not only one of her teammates but one of her closest friends. She thanked Julie for her leadership, the impact she made on her life, and being an ambassador and advocate for young girls and women in this country who are searching for a voice, opportunities , and ways to make a difference. Both new mothers, Mia to 5-month old twin girls and Julie to an 8-month old daughter spoke of how they hope to help their daughters find strength and confidence just like people in their lives have done for them.


The Washington Freedom vs. the Connecticut Reds in The Hall of Fame Game was just as a great as the Induction Ceremony. Mia played for the Freedom and Julie for the Reds. Hall of Famer Carla Overbeck and members of the 1986 National Team also played in the game. The ’86 team was honored by the Hall of Fame during the induction weekend. The 1986 team beat Canada 2-0 in 1986, for the first-ever win by the U.S. Women’s National Team. Even though retired for few years, nobody missed a beat. I had a sideline view and got to see all the action close up. It was great!


Not everything was fun and games though. The crowd got a little out of control when Mia was signing autographs. I had to make sure nobody was injured as thousands of fans reached for Mia’s autograph. Check out Mia signing a Girl Talk ball for one lucky fan.


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Hey Everyone!Boy, what a day! If you haven’t heard yet, Brandy Chastain has just confirmed to play in the Hall of Fame Game. The game between the Washington Freedom and Connecticut Reds is scheduled for after the Induction Ceremony. Hamm, Foudy and Chastain were teammates from 1991-2004, winning two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals together.

Things here at the National Soccer Hall of Fame are really starting to pick up. I spent most of the morning touring the site and getting a better understanding of what the weekend will look like. I walked through where the induction ceremony will take place and where the press conferenece will be after the ceremony. Tomorrow the production crew will start setting up the stage and the Hall of Fame will put on a clinic for local soccer players.

We had a major shipping fiasco with one of the Girl Talk signs so my afternoon was a little more interesting. To say the least, it was an adventure driving around the back roads of upstate New York looking for a printer. Everything worked out ok and we got a new sign. I spent a few hours this evening rolling up Girl Talk shirts and sorting out soccer balls to make sure all 100 + girls who attend the clinic tomorrow get them. I had no clue preparing for an event took so much work.

As promised, I brought my camera along to give you a sneak peek and all access glimpse into the weekend. Check out my pics. I’ll be sure to have more throughout the weekend.

Here I am at the entrance in to Hall of Fame Museum.

2007 Induction banner

Soccer Hall of Fame and Girl Talk Flags on the way into the Hall of Fame

Soccer Ball at Hall of Fame Museum

Posing with Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy…well sort of.

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Hey Everyone!

Check it out. If you missed Mia and Julie’s appearance on the Early Show this morning I have it here for you! Watch Mia and Julie kick the ball around with girls from the audience and make sure to look for the Girl Talk logo on the soccer ball Mia is holding! These are the balls that will be used in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday!

Everyone at Girl Talk is running around getting ready for the weekend. I’ll be back later tonight with a recap of the day and hopefully some photos to share.

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Hey Everyone!

After much anticipation and lots of hard work, the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend has finally arrived. I’m in Oneonta right now where I’ve come a few days early to help Girl Talk get ready.

First, be sure to check out Mia and Julie on the CBS early show tomorrow morning between 8am-9pm. As they kick the ball around with Dave the weather man, they’ll be talking about the induction and Girl Talk. Be sure to watch it live and record it so you don’t miss a beat. I’m sure some of you saw this, but Julie was also on CNN World Sports tonight and Mia will be on Mia will be on ESPN First Take sometime between 11-1145 am tomorrow. As always, I’ll be sure to give my opinion on how everything goes and I’d love to hear from you.

Now to the details of the weekend, I’ll be in Oneonta tomorrow and Saturday getting ready for the big day. I’ll be unpacking all of the Girl Talk boxes we packed this week and get everything organized before Mia and Julie arrive. I’ll be sure to give a re-cap each night so you can see how much work goes into setting up such a big event. I’ll also keep my camera with me at all times throughout the weekend, especially on Sunday, for any photo opportunities!!

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The Girl Talk team is working furiously behind the scenes to bring you some exciting news! The finalists for the Reel Girls, Real Life create your own TV commercial have been selected. I want to thank all the girls who submitted their ideas. We received some amazing videos on how to help fight drunk driving and underage drinking! After a round of voting from our celebrity panel, we have finally narrowed down our field to 6 lucky girls.

Now WE NEED YOUR HELP. It’s up to you to help decide the winner and whose Girl Talk TV commercial will be professionally produced and aired nationwide! Here’s what you do; visit www.grltlk.org from August 15th to September 5th, watch the finalist videos, and vote for your favorite! Can’t wait to check out the videos? You can preview our finalist’s video right now at www.grltlk.org but be sure to come back and vote beginning August 15th!

Starting next week I’ll also be featuring each finalist’s video right here on my blog. Be sure to keep checking back for more details!

And don’t forget about The National Soccer Hall Of Fame. I’ve been talking about for weeks now (I’m so excited!); Girl Talk is a proud presenter of this year’s Soccer Hall of Fame induction in Oneonta, NY. The induction will be held on August 26th. It is especially fitting for Girl Talk to present the induction ceremony because this year’s induction is the first ever women-only player class. U. S. Women’s National Team stars, two-time Olympic Gold Medalists, and two-time World Cup Champions Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy will be honored by induction into the Hall of Fame. Both women exemplify Girl Talk’s mission to empower teenage girls to lead active, healthy lives and make smart choices.

I’ll be blogging from the Soccer Hall of Fame during the induction weekend August 25th and 26th, and we’re planning on posting a few other surprises from the ceremony right here Myspace and on www.grltlk.org. Keep checking in and with www.grltlk.org for updates on what we’ll be doing that weekend and for live updates from me.

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Girl Talk has some exciting news about the Reel Girls, Real Life contest and the National Soccer Hall of Fame 2007 Induction ceremony. I want to make sure my Myspace friends are some of the first to know. I’ll be updating you on all the details in the coming days so keep checking back for the latest info.

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In just over 2 months, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy will be inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame. This was the first year of eligibility for both of them, and the first time inhistory that women only are being inducted! That’s pretty unbelievable. The program I work for, Girl Talk, actually sponsored the announcement of their induction. It was really cool to see two people use such an important and personal moment in their lives to promote a cause.

The Hall of Fame made no mistake in selecting Julie and Mia; both were founding players for the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA). Foudy served as captain for the United States’ National Women’s Soccer Team from 2000-2004, made 271 international appearances, contributing 45 goals and 59 assists. Hamm made 275 international appearances and scored a world record 158 goals, 50 more than the previous record holder- not to mention 144 assists!

On top of all their athletic accomplishments, both women just became new moms! Julie had her baby girl Isabel on January 1st, 2007 and Mia gave birth to twins Ava and Grace on March 27th 2007 (all girls!).

When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense that Julie and Mia would want to work to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. After all, alcohol does even more physical damage to girls than it does to guys. And female athletes? There’s no way they can afford that kind of risk.

I’m just glad I got the chance to work on the issue with them. Two time world cup champs? That is so cool!


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