Mayor declares July 21 as ‘Megan Rapinoe Day’

Mayor Francie Sullivan has declared July 21st at Megan Rapinoe Day in honor of the Redding native’s key role on the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, which won the World Cup on Sunday (July 5, 2015).

Ms. Rapinoe, who was born and raised in the Redding area, will be honored with a Mayor’s Proclamation at the July 21st City Council meeting, declaring the day as Megan Rapinoe Day. Her mother, Denise, is expected to accept the honor on behalf of Megan.

“Megan is a tremendous example of a young person whose hard work and dedication to excellence has made her a champion,” said Mayor Sullivan. “We are proud beyond words to say that she is one of our own. She is a wonderful ambassador for our city!”

Sunday’s world championship was the highlight of a long and illustrious career for Ms. Rapinoe, who has been one of the top U.S. women’s soccer players. She was honored by the City Council in September 2011 for her outstanding play in the 2011 World Cup tournament, during which the U.S. team finished second to Japan in the finals. In 2012, she was honored again by the Council after scoring three goals and four assists for the U.S. Olympic team in the London Games. The U.S. women beat Japan for the gold medal.

Ms. Rapinoe attended Junction School and Foothill High School in Palo Cedro and played club soccer for the Elk Grove Pride of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. She received a scholarship to, and played for, University of Portland and currently plays professionally for the Seattle Reign.

Megan Rapinoe photo by Ampatent; used by Creative Commons license

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