Olivia Moultrie, 13 year old soccer phenom, has officially turned down a scholarship with North Carolina to turn pro. She signed a multi-year endorsement with Nike Soccer. This past weekend, she was featured in a Nike commercial entitled “Dream Crazier” narrated by Serena Williams during the Academy Awards.
North Carolina is a weighing station en route to the US Women’s National Team for many of the best American soccer players. So, this was a bold move passing up the opportunity. The likes of Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly, Meghan Klingenberg, Ashlyn Harris, Crystal Dunn, Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly have all come through Chapel Hill. So why does Moultrie feel the need to blaze her own path?
Well, because she is possibly the best this world will ever see. As more opportunities open for women in sports, the need for American women to use the NCAA system becomes less and less necessary. This 13 year old will most likely become the youngest player to be called up to the USWNT shattering Mia Hamm’s record.
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Yeah, she’s legit. The Portland Thorns of the NWSL are even ready to ignore the age requirement in order to allow her to join their development academy. There are so many things to love about her going pro this early. First, she basically told the NCAA they can f*** off; she does not need them. On top of that, she is blazing a path for female athletes in the future showing that women are worthy of more athletic opportunities.
The only thing I did not like was what her father said. K.C. Moultrie said, “I tell her all the time, ‘Nobody cares that you’re the best at 12’… If you’re not the best at 17 or 18, nobody’s going to care. You’re going to be one of those child actors that nobody cares about. You’re going to be Macaulay Culkin.”
I just felt like that was a very rude and uncalled for shot at Macaulay Culkin is all.