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United States women’s soccer team addresses lack of diversity, access



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Crystal Dunn was usually the one Black lady on her youth soccer golf equipment, and even when she lastly made it to the nationwide crew, she did her personal hair and make-up for photograph shoots as a result of “there wasn’t somebody arrange for me.”

Whereas the U.S. nationwide crew has steadily change into extra consultant, Ms. Dunn says there’s nonetheless work to be completed. That begins with ensuring younger girls of colour really feel included all the way in which right down to the youth degree.

“I had very supportive dad and mom who defined to me, ‘That is OK, you’re nonetheless welcome on this sport. And simply because there aren’t many individuals that appear like you, that is nonetheless your recreation,’” Ms. Dunn mentioned. That assist was key to her success “as a result of truthfully on the finish of the day, it’s fairly lonely to really feel such as you’re the one one on this area and to not really feel as should you belong.”