I want to teach girls that our voices matter.

Soccer icon Brandi Chastain has always focused on raising the bar in the sport of soccer. A 16-year member of the U.S. Women’s National team with 192 caps, she is a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. Her string of championship performances began in her teens when she helped lead her Archbishop Mitty High School team to three consecutive state championships. That followed with being named Freshman Play of the Year at the University of California-Berkeley before undergoing successful reconstructive surgery on both knees. After missing two seasons of soccer, she transferred to Santa Clara University and returned to championship form, leading her team to two Final Four NCAA appearances and being named ISAA Player of the Year in 1990. Known for the penalty kick in the 1999 Women’s World Cup that redefined the U.S. Women’s soccer movement, Chastain is also an active advocate for Title IX, gender equality in sport and empowering young girls to find their voices through soccer. Now the Executive Director of the California Thorns FC, she is focused on developing our country’s future soccer stars, as well as inspiring young women to tackle any obstacle or opportunity presented to them. Off the playing field, Chastain’s leadership and determination can be seen in the number of initiatives and causes that she actively supports. In 2005, she co-founded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), a nonprofit that engages female athletes in service in the communities that need the most support. She is an advocate for the Crohn’s, Colitis and IBD community, and has partnered with AbbVie to support families through the My IBD Game Plan initiative. She helped launch Safer Soccer in 2015 to promote the ban of heading a ball by kids under the age of 11, and has pledged to donate her brain for CTE research. Chastain is also a public speaker, sports commentator, and author of the book - It’s Not About the Bra: How to Play Hard, Play Fair and Put the Fun Back into Competitive Sports.

Brandi ChastainBrandi Chastain’s Latest FlexIt’s 93 degrees on one of those overcooked Bay Area afternoons and somewhere beneath this relentless sun, Brandi Chastain is completely covered up. Those arms that famously flexed on the world stage are under a red long-sleeved T-shirt. Those iconic abs are tucked away in storage, too. And the left leg that powered the Women’sBrandi ChastainHow Chastain Continues to InspireHow Chastain continues to influence young people’s way of not just playing the game, but also how they see themselves in society and how they can become leaders and possibly make positive change.Brandi ChastainClover Sonoma Turns To Female Sports FiguresTrue strength comes from within. That is the message Clover Sonoma wants to convey with the launch of their new “Strong Inside” campaign celebrating the inner strength of women.  Brandi ChastainCreating MovementBrandi Chastain is grateful the U.S.W.N.T. has the courage to fight for equal payBrandi ChastainGól OlímpicoStanding along the goal line with Brandi Chastain, it's easy to see why Olympic goals are so uncommon: The corner of the field lies in the same plane as the goal's posts. You're literally aiming for a target you can't see. So Chastain shows us how it's done.Brandi ChastainPicture of PossibilityMaking an impact both on and off the field, Brandi Chastain is to be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Gold Medal LessonsFour Olympians give a master class in the leadership lessons they learned on the way to victory.Brandi ChastainESPN: Brandi Chastain on U.S. Soccer’s new Girls’ Development Academy“They are great with chitchat during warm-up, but when asked to instruct others, they are silent. I want to teach them that our voices matter.” – Brandi Chastain on what she hopes to bring to the U.S. girls’ development academy.