US women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe gave a powerful speech during the ceremony at New York City Hall. She said the team is using its platform to “love more, hate less.”
Here’s what she said:
“This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We’ve got to listen more and talk less. We’ve got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility, every single person here, every single person who is not here, every single person who doesn’t want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree — it’s our responsibility to make this world a better place.
I think this team does an incredible job of taking that on our shoulders. And understanding the position that we have and the platform that we have within this world. Yes, we play sports. Yes, we play soccer. Yes, we’re female athletes, but we’re so much more than that,” she said.
She continued calling for fans to think of how they they can make their community better and urging people to “be more” and “be bigger than you’ve ever been before.”
Here’s what else Rapinoe said during the ceremony:
“You’re more than a fan. You’re more than someone who just supports sports. You’re more than someone who tunes in every four years. You’re someone who walks these streets every single day. You interact with your community every single day. How do you make your community better? How do you make the people around you better? Your family? Your closest friends, the 10 closest people to you, the 20 closest people to you, the most… hundred closest people to you?
It’s every single person’s responsibility. There’s been so much contention in these last years. I’ve been a victim of that. I’ve been a perpetrator of that. With our fight with the federation: I’m sorry for some of the things I’ve said, not all of the things. But it’s time to come together. This conversation is at the next step. We have to collaborate. It takes everybody. This is my charge to everybody. Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Step outside yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you’ve ever been before.
If this team is any representation of what you can be when you do that, please take this as an example.”
Listen to the whole thing: