Women's World Cup Trip
The 2011 NSCAA Women’s World Cup Tour and Special Topics Course was held in Germany June 27 - July 8. This 11-day tour included all three opening round matches involving the U.S. Women’s National Team as well as a fourth match between Germany and France. It also included are coaching education sessions, meals, lodging and transportation while in Germany.
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The trip was touted by many participants as, "the trip of a lifetime." Read the testimonial by Corey Holton below.
The Trip of a Lifetime
When someone tells you this will be the trip of a lifetime, a little voice inside your head plays the skeptic. A lifetime? Really? I'm not even halfway through my life and a trip to Germany is going to change my world? The little skeptic says "prove it.”
As I boarded my flight to Germany, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew this would be fun, amazing even, but in the end this trip was more and put that little skeptic to rest.
There were 11 days of once-in-a-lifetime events. This included four World Cup games, meeting April Heinrichs, Janet Rayfield, Tony DiCicco & Anson Dorrance, sitting field-side at the U.S. team's training session, learning from the head of the German pro license Frank Wormuth, talking to U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, traveling around the country visiting top German football clubs (and paying to use the restroom along the way), hanging out with former Mexican national team player Vanessa Martinez, and playing 7-on-7 alongside Randy Waldrum and Nancy Feldman (and winning, because winning never gets old). I could go on and on.
But it wasn't just the front row seats at the opening U.S. game or meeting four of five U.S. national team coaches. It was much more than that. It was a coming together of brilliant soccer minds and genuine people who love the game and care deeply about relationships. They were mentors, colleagues, heroes and now forever friends. Renewing a passion for the game, and a vigor for a rich and full life, this group shared more than soccer games and sightseeing. We shared knowledge and laughs, experience and ideas, guidance and passion and sandwiches. Lots of sandwiches!
All joking aside, we all talked about this trip as an opportunity of a lifetime, but as the wise Deb Raber said, a lifetime of opportunities was born out of this trip. And I am certainly a better coach because of it.
Thank you NSCAA for squashing my skeptic and reminding me why I love this game.
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Concordia University Texas