U.S Women’s National Soccer Team member Heather O’Reilly will be the featured guest at the second annual Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC luncheon at Cape Fear Country Club on Friday, Feb. 26.
“The luncheon is first and foremost a fundraiser for the club, where we look to raise money that helps to grow and develop the product that we provide to our young players,” said Carson Porter, Executive Director of Wilmington Hammerheads FC Youth.
O’Reilly is a two-time NCAA National Champion at North Carolina, a three-time Olympic Gold medalist and World Cup Winner.
A native of New Jersey, O’Reilly was immediately introduced to sports and competition by her three older brothers. She took those attributes and ran with them, successfully making her way up the soccer ranks through the soccer club system in New Jersey and the N.J. Olympic Development Program.
In 2002, at the age of 17, she earned her first cap with the National Team. In 2004, her soccer dreams became a reality by being named the youngest member of the 2004 Olympic Team, which allowed O’Reilly to compete alongside household soccer names such as Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly.
From 2003-2006, O’Reilly played for the prestigious soccer powerhouse UNC under the watchful eye of coaching legend Anson Dorrance, winning two national championships with the program and having the honor of her jersey retired.
Since her arrival to the USWNT, O’Reilly has been a consistent contributor to the team. She now plays primarily right midfield and has been a mainstay on the team through five different coaching staffs.
O’Reilly wears No. 9 for Team USA, the same number that Mia Hamm made famous.
“We are proud to be able to bring someone in who can provide inspiration and encouragement to our players and our community,” Porter added. “Having Heather O’Reilly speak to us accomplishes this goal. We are really excited to have her come to Wilmington and speak to our community.”
The meet and greet at this year’s event will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon. Sponsorships are available at various levels beginnings at $1,000. For more information on the event, contact Dani Pittman at email@example.com