US Soccer and Game Changers United announces the Kim Crabbe Game Changers award
Chicago – US Soccer and Game Changers United, the organization’s external advisory board Focused on promoting Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in all areas of American football, it has announced the opening of the Kim Crabbe Game Changers Award.
The honor, named after former US women’s national team defender, Kim Krapp, will be given to a member of the football community who has made a lasting impact in the fields of DEIB in a creative way while promoting the long-term sustainability of the future of football. US Soccer is now accepting nominations, and is open to anyone across the American football scene who embodies the spirit of the award and represents the criteria below. Nominations can be submitted over here The nomination window will close on Friday 11 November at 5 pm Cairo time.
“Kim is a life force, she’s just an incredible person with a huge heart and an incredible amount of energy,” said Cindy Barlow-Kun, president of NFL. “She was the first African-American woman to play on the US women’s national team, and she’s still breaking barriers and changing her life. She’s now working at the grassroots level, making sure girls get to our game, so I think having this award after her is really important. I hope To inspire others is how you inspired me.”
The nomination criteria focus on four areas. The first area we will look at Effect relating to positive changes for individuals, communities, and society by addressing one or more social challenges of the community. The second area will be evaluated creativity In turning ideas and dreams into reality through innovation to create traditionally unconnected connections. The third region is long-term sustainability Ensuring continued impact over time based on project outcomes. The final area is about footballand whether the winner has positively impacted the football landscape to push the sport forward.
“I hope this award will give more knowledge to those who work in the grassroots area, and to those who are not, understanding how important it is to have programs like this and to have such leaders,” Krapp said. “It is important to influence and give everyone equal opportunities in this sport and have a level playing field, so I think this award will open the eyes of a lot of people in this sport. I hope the award winner will have a strong drive for impact that no one else has.”
A pioneer in women’s soccer, Krabi became the first African-American woman to play for the USWNT in 1986. After her two-year career with the national team, she began coaching and continued to serve as the outreach program director at Wilmington Hammerheads Youth Football Club, where she plays By coaching and mentoring young players in underserved communities, she has made a lasting impact on the groups she works with.
Following the impact of her program, Crabb was named Youth Coach of the Year 2021 by United Soccer Coaches, while also receiving the Black Soccer Coaches Advocacy Group Award for Excellence in 2018. She also received the 2019 NAACP Youth Services Centennial Award.
Prior to her USWNT career, Crabbe played collegiate football for George Mason, where she majored in social work, and helped lead the team to a national championship in 1985. She was inducted into the Virginia-DC Hall of Fame in 2016 for achievements as a player, joining the likes of USWNT icons Mia Hamm and Jill Ellis, among other prominent names in American football.
The award winner will be selected by Game Changers United based on nomination criteria, while the inaugural award will be presented at the American Football Annual General Meeting Dinner. The 2023 General Assembly meeting is scheduled to take place in San Diego in March 2023, with more details to be announced at a later time.
Founded in January, United Game Makers Composed of a diverse group of current and former players as well as industry professionals. GCU’s mission is to build a culture in which everyone plays and every individual is welcomed, respected and valued.
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