Becca Wann will provide a blog chronicling her week at the Under-20 US National Training Camp in Carson, Calif.
Hi Spider Fans!
As a kid, I can remember watching the 1999 Women's World Cup when the United States beat China in penalty kicks. In that moment, I can remember jumping up and down in front of my television with my parents overcome with emotion. Yesterday, when I put on the National Team uniform for the first time, it took my breath away. I was overcome with that same emotion as I stood listening to the Star Spangled Banner play before our game versus New Zealand on Saturday afternoon.
Before this week, I thought I had experienced every possible athletic moment in my life, but I was wrong. Ubuntu. This week was the first time I have ever experienced this, and I can now say that my athletic career would have never been complete without it. Ubuntu is the realization that the team as a whole is more important than the individual will ever be; yet, the team can't be all it's meant to be without each individual being at their best. I cannot even begin to describe to you the feeling of when the anthem was playing and I was standing there with my head bowed, in awe of God and Him allowing me this opportunity. I wish I could put that moment in a jar and bring it back to Richmond. That moment is the highlight of my career to this point in either sport.
As I look back on this week, I am grateful to have been apart of this team and the culture. I can't say enough about this experience and all that it has shown me. I hope the experience will continue beyond this week.
Thank you to anyone that has followed me on my journey this week. I hope I've made our Spider Nation proud!
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