September 14, 2010

Former SCU And U.S. Soccer Women's National Team Player Danielle Slaton Heads To Paraguay As Department Of State Sports Envoy Program Continues

From U.S. Soccer Communications:

CHICAGO - Former U.S. Women's National Team defender Danielle Slaton and midfielder Lorrie Fair will head to Asunción, Paraguay, on Monday, Sept. 13 as SportsUnited Sports Envoys hosted by the United States Embassy. Slaton and Fair will conduct seven clinics over the course of three days, reaching as many as 300 girls ranging from 9 to 16 years old, as well as the Paraguay Women's National Team.

U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' SportsUnited Office participates in the international sports initiative as a way to promote sports and spark dialogue with children from around the world.

At the clinics, Slaton and Fair will not only discuss soccer, specifically, but also how playing sports can help the participants stay active and healthy throughout their life. Sports Envoys also stress the importance of hard work as it relates to soccer, as well as success and achievement in the classroom and other areas of life.

"I am very proud to be a part of US Department of State's Sports Envoy Initiative," said Slaton. "I think it's a wonderful way for the United States to reach out to others around the world.  Soccer is a common language that connects us all, and through this program we can use soccer to learn from other cultures, share our experiences, and address larger issues and concerns throughout the world."

Slaton and Fair kick off the week-long visit with a clinic with the Paraguay Women's National Team on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Estadio Defensores del Chaco in the capital of Asunción. Shortly after, they will conduct a clinic with 30 girls between ages 13-15 at Cerro Porteño Club before conducting a clinic with 45 participants of the same age at Club Deportivo de Puerto Sajonia.

The following day will start with a clinic for 25 girls in conjunction with the American School of Asuncion before Fair and Slaton head to Aregua to conduct a clinic with 25 girls who are a part of "Athletes in Action Paraguay." The day will end with a clinic at San Jose School for 45 participants. The two envoys will round out the trip with a visit to the Paraguayan Football Association, CONMEBOL headquarters and with a final clinic with 30 girls, ages 9-15, at the Complejo Charlotte.

It is the second such envoy experience for Fair, who traveled to Morocco in 2008 alongside Jay Miller. Fair will be joined by Slaton, who is participating in the program for the first time.

Fair earned 120 caps and scored seven goals for the U.S. Women's National team between 1996 and 2005, participating in the 2000 Olympics and serving as an alternate at the 1996 Olympics. In 1999 she was the youngest member of the FIFA Women's World Cup championship team, playing in four of the six matches as a substitute.

Slaton earned 43 caps for the U.S. Women's National Team between 1999 and 2003, including one match at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. She was the youngest member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, although she did not see playing time during that tournament.

U.S. Soccer has participated in the SportsUnited Sports Envoy program since 2006. In that time, players and coaches traveled to Bahrain, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. Earlier this year, Linda Hamilton and Juergen Sumner traveled to Cote d'Ivoire and in 2008, Cindy Parlow and Jeff Pill traveled to El Salvador. Other past participants in the program include Marcelo Balboa, Glenn "Mooch" Myernick and Shannon MacMillan.