U.S. Women National Soccer (Football) Superstars Kick into Action

Amman – The U.S. Embassy in Jordan announces the visit of Danielle Slaton and Mary Harvey, former members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to Jordan April 12-18.  While in Jordan, the two soccer stars will lead a series of clinics, workshops, and discussions in Amman, Zarqa, Mafraq and Ramtha addressing women and girls empowerment, leadership, entrepreneurship, and healthy-living.

In partnership with the Jordan Football Association, Slaton and Harvey will work closely with players and coaches from 15 of the Association’s Prince Ali Centers, a new Kingdom-wide network of soccer clubs for young women. Throughout their visit, they will stress the lifelong benefits of girls’ and womens’ participation in sports.

Slaton and Harvey are visiting Jordan as part of the Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, a program that encourages women and girls’ empowerment, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Participants will include young women, emerging leaders, and parents from throughout the country.

Slaton played on the U.S. National Team from 2000-05 and was a member of the 2000 Olympic team in Sydney as well as the 2003 World Cup team.  Harvey, goalie for the World Cup champion U.S. National Team in 1991 and a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, also served as FIFA’s first woman Director of Development.