Honoring the Legacy of the 20th Anniversary of one of the most historic moments in women’s sports
Published : Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 5:39 AM
One of the most important moments in sports history will be celebrated with a statue at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
The 1999 USA Women’s World Cup Championship team will be celebrated on July 10 on the 20th Anniversary of the historic match that forever changed the prism of female athletics in the United States.
A statue celebrating the moment and Team USA will be dedicated at 11:00 a.m. outside of the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Members of the team, including Brandi Chastain, will be present to help dedicate the statue, which will stand as a point of inspiration as it will be situated in the forefront of the iconic Stadium marquee on the northwestern most tip of Area H. The area hosts youth athletic events for thousands of children each year including youth soccer.
The dedication will be hosted by Hall of Famer and UCLA alum, Ann Meyers Drysdale and is open and free to the general public. This will be the second commemorative statue on the Rose Bowl Stadium’s site as a football statue of Jackie Robinson, who grew up in Pasadena and played at the Rose Bowl Stadium, was unveiled in November 2017 with host, Vin Scully.
The statue is a gift from generous donor support to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, a 501c3 organization that supports the preservation, protection and enhancement of the Rose Bowl Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. In it’s near 100-year history, the Rose Bowl Stadium has become synonymous with iconic moments, athletes, sporting games and entertainers. Without a doubt, one of the most iconic moments was the 1999 Women’s World Cup Championship Team who authored a moment that will forever be iconic with female athletics on a global scale.
“On behalf of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Board of Directors and the donors of this project, we are excited to carry this forward and recognize one of the most impactful moments in sports history,” said Dr. Betty Uribe, Legacy Foundation Board of Directors member. “The Rose Bowl Stadium is a global fixture and has an opportunity to impact a positive conversation amongst youth and the community centered around the iconic events that it has hosted over the past century.”
On July 9, the day prior to the statue dedication, the Legacy Foundation will host an inaugural Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium at the Stadium where female students will receive exposure from top female industry leaders from finance, law, sports, entertainment, technology and more. The students will spend the day networking and learning key skillsets about leadership, teamwork, confidence, and more from the professinoal panelists.
In collaboration with the LA Galaxy Foundation, the Symposium will be a unique opportunity for student attendees to hear how female leaders have built their businesses and mastered both the personal and professional balance while providing ethics, services and resources to their community. These sessions will provide inspirational, educational and networking resources all within the breathtaking setting, nestled within the Arroyo, at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Each attendee of the symposium will be invited to attend the dedication of the statue honoring the 1999 USA Women’s World Cup Champion Team.
The dedication of the statue and the inaugural Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium will follow the conclusion of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 7th in France. The reigning champions, the U.S. Women’s National team, will compete along with 24 competing teams to earn the title this year.
“This championship match inspired a generation of young female athletes and is widely recognized as a watershed moment for women’s sports in America. It truly changed the prism and trajectory of female athletics, much like that of Title IX,” said Lisa Stevens, a Pasadena resident and member of the Rose Bowl Operating Company Board of Directors. “As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the historic moment, the match, it is an appropriate time to forever recognize the achievement through a statue and educating the youth as the future leaders of our city, state and country.”
If you are interested in more information or participating in the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium and the 1999 Women’s World Cup Statue Dedication, please email email@example.com or visit www.INSPIRE2022.org.