Olympian and activist Hope Solo visits UNM

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An all-ages audience at the University of New Mexico was treated to an evening with world champion goalkeeper Hope Solo. For some, it was a chance to meet their hero.

Solo, an advocate for gender equality, spoke to the crowd at the Student Union Building about the challenges facing girls and women in sports, even in the age of Title IX. She talked about her ongoing legal battles with U.S. Soccer, fighting to ensure equal pay for female players.

KRQE News 13 spoke to a 15-year-old athlete who says Solo is a huge inspiration for her.

“It shows me to be a stronger woman and be more independent and stand true for what I believe. Stay true to yourself through the hardships, never have a chip on your shoulder,” Trinity Short said.

Solo is a World Cup Champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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