Brandi Chastain has an amazing resume — she's won the Fifa Woman's World Cup twice and Olympics gold twice — but after hanging up her cleats in 2004, she is still motivated to help others along the way.
"It's really humbling. We all have contributions to make — wherever it is — and nobody should assume that greatness belongs to somebody else. So, to be able to share soccer in a way that's giving opportunities to somebody else's dream and life purpose is really phenomenal," the 54-year-old, who teamed up with Frito-Lay to announce “ALL-In With Frito-Lay Initiative” in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and a $600,00 donation to fuel the initiative, exclusively tells Morning Honey.
After hosting an immersive surprise event in L.A. with Frito-Lay, the soccer star was able to interact with others — something that made her very happy. "There are thousands of coaches who will be role models and mentors to young athletes, and then they will give back," she notes. "I'm floored. It literally takes my breath away when I see these young players and coaches come together. Every time I go to the field, I feel like a teenager — it's the best possible elixir that I can have because I am not getting any younger! These abs don't look the same as they did 20 years ago, but I'm working on it. I'm humbled, and I am continuing to work to make good things happen."
The athlete believes that "we all need somebody by our side as our advocate or our ally to inspire somebody to do great things."
"It allows people to feel like they have the confidence and courage to move forward," she shares. "I'm hopeful that with this initiative, we find greatness in and on the soccer field — and around it, too."
Chastain also would love to bring professional soccer to the Bay Area. "I want us to be part of the WSL, so that's the next dream," she adds.
"I get to give back and positively influence people, and the gratitude I have for the game is just so deep," she says. "I love to be able to see that — whether it's the penalty kick at the Rose Bowl or winning the first Olympic Games or supporting young people as they rise up through the ranks of recreational soccer or elite soccer. It's remarkable."
She adds, "I think you start to have a sense and feel the depth of that impact when you become a parent and when your kids so great things. They are like my kids — hundreds of thousands of kids across the country who I feel so proud of. I'm grateful for Frito-Lay for choosing me to be on their team and allow me to share their positive messaging of how soccer is a vehicle for acceptance and change and accessibility."
Ever since Chastain retired, she recalls her wonderful experience playing the game and then becoming a coach and advocate for all players, which is why she was jumping for joy when Frito-Lay reached out to her about working together. "The desire to work together and partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and a $600,00 donation to fuel the initiative will influence a lot of coaches and give them the necessary skills to become role models and coaches in different communities across the country," she shares. "It's a generational gift."