Soccer champion and Greenwich resident Megan Rapinoe publishes memoir ‘One Life’

You don’t should be a soccer fan to pay attention to Megan Rapinoe.

The Olympic gold medalist and two-time Girls’s World Cup champion has made headlines for her political and social views. Readers may recall that Rapinoe’s title stirred up a little bit of controversy with President Donald Trump in 2019 when she mentioned she wouldn’t go to the White Home forward of her crew’s Girls’s World Cup championship victory. Rapinoe has used her platform as an brazenly homosexual athlete to advertise discussions about social justice and has garnered headlines of her personal for kneeling in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick.

She additionally has used her voice to name for gender equality by becoming a member of her crew in calling on the U.S. Soccer Federation to alter the wage discrimination between the ladies’s and males’s groups.

Now Rapinoe is sharing not solely her voice, however her story in a Penguin Press memoir written with Emma Brockes, “One Life.”

In line with the New York Occasions, Rapinoe, 35, resides in Greenwich along with her companion, Sue Hen, 40, the previous UConn basketball star who performs for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. The sports activities energy couple lately grew to become engaged.

Whereas Rapinoe was unavailable for an interview, in her e book she tells the story of rising up in a conservative city in Northern California because the youngest of six kids and the way she fell in love with soccer on the age of four.

In line with the e book jacket, the soccer star “displays on the alternatives she has made, her victories and her failures, and embarks on a considerate and candid dialogue of her private journey into social justice. After the 2011 World Cup, discouraged by how few athletes have been prepared to debate their sexuality, Rapinoe determined to come back out publicly as homosexual and use her platform to advocate for marriage equality.

“Recognizing the ability she needed to convey consideration to essential points, in 2016 she took a knee throughout the nationwide anthem in solidarity with former NFL participant Colin Kaepernick to protest racial injustice and police brutality — the primary high-profile white athlete to take action. The backlash was quick, however it couldn’t examine to the overwhelming help. Rapinoe grew to become a power of change, each on and off the sphere.

“Utilizing anecdotes from her personal life and profession as an Olympic gold medalist and two-time girls’s World Cup champion, from suing the US Soccer Federation over gender discrimination to her broadly publicized refusal to go to the White Home, Rapinoe discusses the duty all of us have to talk up, and the influence every of us can have on our communities,” the e book jacket reads. “Deeply private and galvanizing, ‘One Life’ reveals that actual, concrete change lies inside all of us, and asks: If all of us have the identical useful resource — this one treasured life, made up of the selections we make daily — what are you going to do?”

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