Oct. 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - When Florida State and North Carolina square-off at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22 at the Seminole Soccer Complex, the two teams will be playing for much more than a berth in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The Seminoles and Tar Heels will be playing in memory of a dear friend, the late Charlotte Moran.
Moran played an integral role in the soccer community promoting the women's game in the United States for over 20 years. She touched the lives of so many young women not only through her love of the game, but through her love and passion for life. Moran served as the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Region I Administrator and was the Executive Director and 12-year employee of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association. She was a major supporter of the women's professional league and was an advocate for clubs and schools to offer girls' soccer across the nation.
"Charlotte was a pioneer for women's soccer in the United States," said Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian. "The contributions that she made go well beyond the soccer field. Charlotte was a wonderful woman that cared greatly for all of her Region I kids and the development of the game. She had such a positive influence on the lives of so many young women both on and off the field that her legacy will live on forever."
"Charlotte was with us in the beginning, when no one cared about the women and girls game, when we were not winning world championships, when the game was scorned and belittled by many," said North Carolina head coach Anson Dorrance. "She was a part of a small collection of people who believed this was a great game for both genders and spent her life tirelessly promoting it and inspiring the girls all across her beloved Region I that set a standard that challenged the entire country to keep up or be left behind. Her legacy lives on in so many of us she inspired and in the American game that is ascending still."
In January of 2008, Moran was elected to the NSCAA Board of Directors and later that year received the Women's Committee Award of Excellence. At the 2009 NSCAA Convention in St. Louis, Moran was awarded the Youth Long-Term Service Award.
Sadly, on May 18, 2009, the soccer world lost a great advocate for the game when Moran passed away after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Before the start of Thursday's match on October 22, the players and coaches from both Florida State University and the University of North Carolina will honor the legacy of Charlotte Moran by paying tribute to members of the Moran family.
As with most benefit games, donations will be accepted at the gate in her honor. Proceeds from the match will go to the Charlotte Moran Foundation for Women's Soccer to insure that Charlotte's dream of growing women's soccer in America continues.
Fans are encouraged to come out on Thursday, October 22 for a fabulous night of soccer against two nationally-ranked teams, while remembering one of the great leaders in women's soccer.