Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BiNet USA Meets US Women's Soccer Team at the White House

Obama Honors US Women's Soccer Team on their 2015 FIFA World Cup
October 27th, 2015 

BiNet USA thanks Chong Moua for her reporting on the White House event honoring the US Women's Soccer team for BiNet USA's blog. Here's the exclusive photos and report! 

Photo Caption: BiNet USA blogger Chong Moua in front of the White House. 
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


Being in the White House was an amazing experience! That day was a celebration and there was an energy and buzz in the air. It was amazing to see so many young kids attending this event with their parents and to see women and girl athletes be celebrated. It was also really cool that while waiting in line, I bumped into Rea Carey from the National LGBTQ Task Force. We got the chance to chat a bit about the excitement for Creating Change 2016.

  Photo Caption: The US Womens Soccer Team's Gift to Obama -- his own jersey! 
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


As you can imagine, time was limited and lines were long. I had the opportunity to grab a quick photo with Abby Wambach, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year.

Photo Caption: Chong Moua with the World Famous, Abby Wambach -- FIFA Women's World Cup Champion and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year! — in the fair land o' The White House.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


Photo Caption: The brave young lady who wrote to the President and First Lady that women and girl athletes can be just as good as boys, if not better.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 I had a couple favorite moments: 
1) Seeing a young girl step up to the podium to read the letter she wrote to the President and First Lady after her brother told her she couldn’t play sports as good as boys.  The letter shared how she believed girls could do anything just as good as boys, if not better. And how she was so proud that the US Women’s Soccer Team won this year’s FIFA Championship. The President said, “Playing like a girl means you’re a badass.”
 
 Photo Caption: Abby Wambach speaking to the press outside White House
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 2) Hearing Obama acknowledge Abby Wambach’s celebratory kiss with her wife while draped in an American Flag – “Showing us all how far we’ve come – On and off the field”
It was also really great to hear about the US Women’s Soccer Team’s national #SheBelieves Initiative, a campaign and message developed by the players that young girls can accomplish their goals and dreams ---- I feel this is such an important message, especially in a femme-phobic society and in sports where men get more visibility and recognition.
3) Lastly, seeing the President’s departure on the Marine One Helicopter! 

Photo Caption: Chong Moua in front of Air Force One chopper on White House lawn, What a thrill!
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


 Photo Caption: Chong Moua in the White House smiling.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua



Thank you Chong Moua for sharing your experience with the bisexual community!


Women Rock!!!! 
Binet USA #BiVisibility #BiPride #WomenAthletes #QueerAthletes #USWomensSoccerTeam #2015FIFAWorldCup


P.S.

Follow the social movement #SheBelieves on Twitter to learn more about the U.S. Women's Soccer campaign that sends the message to young girls that they too can accomplish all their goals and dreams.

Photo Caption: U.S. Women's Soccer Player Christen Press for the #SheBelieves campaign
Photo Credit: U.S. Women's Soccer