I just returned home from an incredible trip to Germany where I was truly honored to lead the Presidential Delegation to the Women's World Cup soccer final. While in Frankfurt, we were all thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the team and their families, and to cheer proudly and wave the U.S. flag for our heroes on the field.
As I told the team last night, though the final outcome of the game was not what we had hoped, we left the stadium so proud of this incredible group of women -- and I am sure everyone at home feels the same way.
Team USA is a source of pride, unity and inspiration for millions around the globe -- especially girls and other young athletes who know the power that sports have to change lives. As a teacher, I have seen first-hand the important foundation that Title IX has provided for female athletes and students in America, and I felt particularly proud last night to be a part of an Administration that has worked hard to strengthen its impact. I have no doubt young girls across the country who watched the game were motivated to work even harder to become members of Team USA in the years to come.
So thank you Team USA for your commitment, your sportsmanship, and for setting an example on and off the playing field for people around the world. The President, the First Lady, my husband Joe and I can't wait to welcome you to the White House in future.
Editor's Note: This entry first appeared on the The White House Blog.