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I have some exciting news to share with you! Girl Talk is proud to support the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge.

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The game took place on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. A number of Hollywood celebrities and former men’s and women’s soccer players competed against each other in a fun and competitive match.

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Participants included celebrities, stars and athletes from the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA, and the Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Some of the players will include, Tony Hawk, Julie Foudy, Alexi Lalas, Cobi Jones, Kristine Lilly and many more.

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The Celebrity Soccer Challenge Charity match benefited bone marrow patients and family services at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation. It is fitting that Girl Talk: Choices and Consequences of Underage Drinking will once again stand behind Mia Hamm and support the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge. Like the Mia Hamm Foundation, Girl talk encourages teen girls to live healthy and active lifestyles by providing them with the resources to do so. Girl Talk works to provide girls with accurate youth and girl oriented information to help them make the right decisions when faced with making decisions about alcohol.

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For more information about the Mia Hamm Foundation visit www.miafoundation.org. Don’t forget to visit grltlk.org to check out more photos from this event and to stay connected to all things girl!

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Hey Everybody!

Be sure to check out the new Celebrity Spotlight – a Q&A with Heather Mitts – on the Girl Talk website here. The Celebrity Spotlight brings you a closer look into the lives of your women role models. For those of you who don’t know, Heather is an amazing professional women’s soccer player and also a big supporter of Girl Talk! One of her many career highlights includes being part of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic soccer team in 2004! To stress importance of living an active and healthy Lifestyle, Heather invited Girl Talk to her soccer camp this past summer to discuss the choices and consequences of underage drinking.

Here are some picture from that event:

You can view the Q&A with Heather by clicking here: http://www.grltlk.org/go/girl-world/celebrity-spotlight.

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Hey Everyone!

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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Hey – this just in! As you may have seen on the grltlk website, our current celebrity spotlight is soccer standout, Joanna Lohman. Check out Joanna tonight on Washington Post Live. Washington Post Live airs live Monday-Friday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. EDT on Comcast SportsNet and simultaneously on http://www.washingtonpost.com.

(Go to the sports section of the website for the link. It shows up right before 5pm EDT.) Outside of the Washington DC area, Comcast SportsNet is also available on DISH and DIRECT TV as part of the Sports Tier package.

I got to spend time with Joanna this weekend at the Hall of Fame induction and watch her play with her team, Washington Freedom, in the Hall of Fame Game. And here’s a picture of Joanna with a young soccer fan.

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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.

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

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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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