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October 13, 2005 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

The Virginia Beach Mariners very own Jay Hoffman will be featured at the Norfolk premiere of the new HBO Sports Documentary DARE TO DREAM: THE STORY OF THE U.S. WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM. Cox Communications and Home Box Office will co-host the premiere at Chrysler Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday October 27th for invited guests.

The HBO documentary highlights the 18-year journey of the U.S. women's soccer team. In the 1980's, a group of young women struggled to establish themselves as an U.S. National team who's perseverance and dedication made them one of the most successful stories in U.S. Sports History. Their accomplishments include two gold medal triumphs at the Olympic Games, two World Cup titles and a legacy that continues to allow young women access to team sports in the U.S.

Virginia Beach Mariners Coach, Jay Hoffman, served as the assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Soccer Team in their 1999 triumph. Coach Hoffman will be making a special appearance along with famed players Angelica Hucles, a former Virginia Beach resident, and Catherine Reddick, at the premiere.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to share in this once in a lifetime experience with these outstanding professional women athletes. This was a glorious occasion for U.S. Women's Soccer as well as an unforgettable personal moment in my life, " stated Coach Hoffman.

Managing team director Mike McCann shares in Coach Hoffman's enthusiasm. "We are fortunate to have Jay Hoffman coaching the Virginia Beach Mariners. His wealth of experience as a professional coach has earned him recognition on all levels of coaching. As Director of Academy Coaching for Virginia Rush, his commitment with the U.S. Para Olympic program and the Virginia Beach Mariners, Jays journey to success is evident," stated McCann.

The 1999 Women's World Cup in the Pasadena Rose Bowl proved to be a turning point for women's sports as a record setting 30 million people tuned in to watch the U.S. capture the World Cup in an overtime shootout against China.

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