What an amazing trip! From the words of Tina Turner: “Simply the Best, Better than all the Rest!”An adventure filled with soccer, culture, education and fun; the experience and its memories will last a lifetime for everyone that traveled on this 2011 European Trip. I wanted this European Tour to be the best trip we have ever put together as this team had been through so much adversity and sadness early on this year. I think we accomplished this.
After landing at Boston's Logan Airport on July 3rd I recall waiting by the baggage carousel and quickly reflecting on the last 16 days... this trip was awesome! Without a doubt it was the best European trip a Brown Team has ever been on. The best part of the trip for me was seeing the players smile. To see them happy, bonding with each other and experiencing every day to its fullest. And let's not forget that we went 4-0 playing soccer. "Brown Women's Soccer - 2011 - On a Mission"
I want to thank the following people...
Michael Goldberger - Athletic Director for approving our 2011 European Trip
Joan Taylor - Associate Athletic Director for handling all the Ivy League paper work for the trip
Joe Austin – Equipment Room Manager for taking care of all our equipment needs prior to leaving
To Dream Team Italy
Ivan Molteni – Co-Owner of Dream Team and my contact for the last two years in planning our trip
Elena Pedretti - Our Tour Guide for the entire trip
Massi - Our bus driver for the entire trip
Luis Faria and Brian Pincince – My two Assistant Coaches who were very helpful with anything that needed to be done prior and during our trip
Shelley Lundin - Our trainer for keeping us healthy
Laura Almeida'06 from the Brown Sports Foundation and Teresa Abrahamsohn '85, Co-President of the women's soccer friends group, for co-writing the fantastic blog for our trip
And last but not least I want to thank an anonymous friend & their family for their loyalty and support of the Brown Women's Soccer Program; without their generosity this trip would not have been possible.