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Soccer superstar Mia Hamm invites girl disqualified from game to her soccer academyThe story of an 8-year-old girl disqualified from a local soccer club weekend tournament has grabbed the attention of one of the world's best soccer players. American soccer legend Mia Hamm on Monday, tweeted, “Hey Mili, we would love to host you at one of our camps @TeamFirstSA. Be you!” The tweet came after Mili Hernandez’s story spread across social media. (WOWT.com)
Matt Hedges, Dax McCarty Called Into World Cup Qualifying CampFormer North Carolina standouts Matt Hedges and Dax McCarty are among 27 players called to training camp by U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena in advance of the USA's three June matches. Hedges, 27, returned to USMNT camp for the first time in January since 2015, earning his first cap in a 2-0 win against Panama on Feb. 8, 2015. (GoHeels.com)
Audio: Kealia Ohai discusses the biggest moments of her careerHouston Dash captain and former UNC women's soccer player, Kealia Ohia, talks about her love for Houston, her level of excitement when she joined the national team, being a role model, and how she has overcome being legally blind in one eye. (ESPN.com)
2016-2017 was an incredible year for North Carolina athleticsA national championship, five Final Fours (or NCAA Tournament semi-finals), and five ACC regular season or tournament championships. There were also awards won and records set—both individual and team achievements. At times, it seems easy to take the success that Carolina has had for granted and just brush it off as another typical year for the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tobin Heath named Assistant Youth Technical Director for Thorns FC Development AcademyPortland Thorns FC announced Thursday that midfielder Tobin Heath has expanded her role with the club, assuming a position at the youth level with the club’s newly formed development academy set to launch in the fall of 2017 as the Thorns FC Assistant Youth Technical Director. Heath joined the club in 2013, helping guide Portland to the NWSL Championship. (Portland Timbers)
Podcast: The Driving Force Behind Super Goalkeeper Ashlyn HarrisGoalkeeper Ashlyn Harris has a sterling resume that includes two college soccer championships at North Carolina, playing with the U.S national team and being named CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year. Listen to the Orlando Pride goalie on this Forbes SportsMoney podcast as she discusses the new TV deal, the sport of soccer, and what motivates her. (Forbes)
Mia Hamm on the other football: 'I didn’t really enjoy getting hit'Mia Hamm's favorite sport as a kid was basketball. “I was quick and competitive. I stole the ball a lot and made a lot of layups. But I didn’t have a very good shot.” Her family moved around a lot because her father was an Air Force pilot. They settled in Texas by the time she was in junior high, where she also played football while attending a small Catholic school. (Statesman Journal)
Sixteen UNC Teams Score Perfect 1000 In APRThe 2017 NCAA champion men's basketball team and the 2016 women's lacrosse national champions are two of 16 University of North Carolina athletic programs to score a perfect 1000 in the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rates for the academic year 2015-16. This is the third consecutive year the UNC men's basketball and women's lacrosse teams recorded a 1000. (GoHeels.com)
Hamm, Lilly, Venturini-Hoch to host youth soccer camp in FayettevilleThis month, young players in Fayetteville will have the chance to learn from Mia Hamm and fellow U.S. Soccer greats Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini-Hoch when the trio brings their Team First Soccer Academy camp to Jordan Soccer Complex on May 20-21. Soccer fans would be hard pressed to find a more decorated trio of players. (Fayetteville Observer)
Video: Rammys 2017 - Bad Joke TellingCoaches from North Carolina's athletic teams try to keep a straight face in a corny jokes battle in this video which first aired at UNC's 2017 Rammy Awards.
Eight UNC Athletics Programs Honored for Top APRsThe NCAA is honoring eight athletic programs at the University of North Carolina for placing among the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rates in their respective sports. The eight Tar Heel squads honored this year include men's cross country, women's fencing, women's golf, gymnastics, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heel Strength & Conditioning Announces Annual HonorsThe UNC Strength and Conditioning staff has announced team awards for 2016-17, recognizing outstanding members of each Olympic sports team. Honorees have been selected based on performance and effort throughout the school year. The top award for each team is the Iron Ram Award, which goes to the athlete with the best overall performance during the year. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC All Sports Highlights 2017Relive North Carolina athletics highlight-worthy moments from the past year, including spectacular individual performances, dramatic come-from-behind victories, clutch plays, and national championships in a highlight video shown at UNC's 2017 Rammy Awards celebration.
Tar Heels Celebrate At Rammy AwardsUNC Athletics celebrated the successes of the past year at the fifth-annual Rammy Awards Monday at Memorial Hall in the center of campus. The ceremony highlighted leaders in athletic performance, academic achievement and community service, recognizing both individual student-athletes and teams, as well as the department’s longest-tenured coach. (GoHeels.com)
Former Tar Heel Jessica McDonald moves home with NC CourageJessica McDonald has live her life out of a suitcase since she turned professional in 2010. She was a soccer nomad with a new team and sometimes even a new country with each transaction. The seventh time the former UNC forward and NCAA Champion was traded, one can imagine her jubilation as the relocation brought her to a place she once knew as home. (WRAL Sports Fan)