Washington Freedom Announce Five Hall of Freedom Nominees
BOYDS, MD (July 1, 2010)...Washington Freedom have announced Jen Grubb, owners Maureen and John Hendricks, Carrie Moore, Skylar Little and Lindsay Stoecker as the five finalist for induction into the Hall of Freedom. The Hall of Freedom is the highest honor that the Washington Freedom women's professional soccer club bestows upon its former players and personnel, with membership extended in recognition of exceptional achievements, dedication and service to the club. The top five class of 2010 nominees, selected by the nomination committee, will now go to a final online vote, which is open now until July 5. The Hall of Freedom Inductee will be announced July 24 at halftime of the Hall of Freedom game, this year against first place FC Gold Pride.
Fans can cast their vote now at www.WashingtonFreedom.com, with fan voting worth 25% of the final tally; Current Freedom Management Team/Ownership is worth 25%; Media is worth 25%; Current Freedom players and existing members vote is worth 25%. The vote will be weighed accordingly.
The Hall of Freedom currently has four members-Mia Hamm, Steffi Jones, Siri Mullinix, and David Vanole-all of whom were inducted in the 2009 class. Each of the five nominees in the 2010 class has made a significant contribution to Freedom's legacy:
Jen Grubb-In her time with Freedom, Grubb played every minute of every game for three seasons. She was named captain and named to the All-WUSA first team, along with Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach. Grubb currently is the head coach of the girl's varsity soccer team at the prestigious Peddie School in New Jersey, where she has coached since 2007. In high school, Jen was a three-time Parade Magazine and NSCAA High School All-American and spent the second semester of her senior year training with the National Team. She was a member of the U.S. National team from 1995-1999. Grubb attended Notre Dame University, where she was a three-time National player-of-the-year finalist. She holds the record for the most career points (83) by a Notre Dame defender and her 53 career assists rank seventh in the Irish record book and 20th in NCAA history.
Maureen and John Hendricks-For over ten year, the Hendricks' have taken an active role not only with Washington Freedom, the team they founded, but in the advocacy for soccer as a whole in the United States, and in particular women's soccer. In 1999, Maureen and John led a group of investors in the creation of the Women's United Soccer Association, which operated for three seasons from 2001-2003. They also headed a group of investors who created the Women's Professional Soccer League in 2008, which began play the next year in 2009. After WUSA ceased operations in 2003, the Hendricks' kept Freedom, a charter member in the WUSA and WPS, alive as an exhibition team from 2005-2006, then as part of the W-League from 2006-2008.
Carrie Moore-Carrie (O'Keeffe since her marriage to James O'Keeffe) started her professional career when she was drafted as a 14th round pick in 2000. In 2002, she emerged as one of Freedom's defensive stand-outs, earning her a spot on the WUSA All-Star game roster. In the 2003 season, she was one of only five WUSA players to play in every minute of every game. She also played the entirety of both playoff games in which Freedom went on to win the Founder's Cup. Currently serving as the head coach of the Hollins University women's soccer team, she played center midfielder at the College of William & Mary from 1996-1999. During that time, she led the Tribe to four conference championships in a row and was awarded numerous honors, including first-team All-CAA, second-team Mid-Atlantic and Team Most Valuable Player. In 1999, she was named to the Colonial Athletic Association's Silver Anniversary Team as one of the top 25 players in league's 25-year history.
Skylar Little-Little was a fourth round draft pick (26th overall) by Freedom in the 2000 WUSA Draft. At only 5 foot 3 inches, she brought energy to the Freedom line up during her three seasons with Freedom (2001-2003). Notable for her speed and tenacity on the field, Little played at right back in all but two games in three years, helping Freedom to the Founder's Cup finals in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, she played a total of 20 games, logging 1,741 minutes on the field.
Lindsay Stoecker-Stoecker stared her career with Freedom in 2000 when she was drafted in the second round and 10th overall during the inaugural WUSA Draft. Although she had played as a defender in college, Stoecker flourished as a midfielder during her three seasons with Freedom (2001-2003). In 2002 she helped the team reach the Founders Cup Final, and in 2003 season, she played in 21 games and a total of 1,636 minutes while scoring 4 goals and 1 assist, as Freedom captured the WUSA Championship.
For additional information on the Hall of Freedom, the Hall of Freedom game scheduled for July 24, or to vote for one of the five nominees between now and July 5 visit www.WashingtonFreedom.com.
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