CHICAGO – A committee of four former U.S. women’s national team players will select the five finalists for the 2020 SheBelieves Hero contest.
Fans will vote on the winner the week of Feb. 10-16. The SheBelieves Hero selection committee is composed of Nicole Barnhart, Cindy Parlow-Cone, Heather O’Reilly and Lindsay Tarpley.
The fourth annual SheBelieves Hero contest, which runs until Monday, Feb. 17, will select a young person between the ages of 13-17 who embodies the SheBelieves spirit. A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around them and works to make a positive difference in the world.
The 2020 SheBelieves Hero will win a trip for two to the USWNT’s SheBelieves Cup match in Harrison, N.J., on March 8 when the USA takes on Spain.
The Pennsylvania native is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a 10-year USWNT veteran. Barnhart played 53 times in goal. She made her debut on the field in 2004 as a forward when the USA ran out of substitutes as she came in as a sub in the last game of the 2004 Fan Celebration Tour. Still one of the top goalkeepers in the National Women’s Soccer League, Barnhart, plays for the Utah Royals FC and runs Nicole Barnhart Goalkeeping.
U.S. Soccer’s current vice president, Parlow-Cone was inducted as a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 after a career as a player and coach. Her career began as a star forward with the USWNT from 1996-2004. She went on to become a title-winning coach at the grassroots, collegiate and professional levels. During the past 20 years, she has also served on U.S. Soccer’s referee committee, medical advisory committee, appeals committee and the Athletes’ Council as well as more recently with U.S. Soccer’s Youth Task Force.
O’Reilly competed for the USWNT from 2002-16, enjoying an international career that began in high school. In nearly 15 years with the USWNT, O’Reilly suited up 231 times, recording 47 goals and 55 assists. She won three Olympic gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012) and the 2015 Women’s World Cup title. AFter retiring with the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage, she has also played professionally in England and in earlier pro women’s leagues in the USA. She recently served as a studio analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of the Women’s World Cup France 2019.
A member of the U.S. youth national teams from Under-14 through U-19, it was Tarpley’s “Golden Goal” that won the inaugural 2002 U-19 Women’s World Cup, the first FIFA event at that age level. Tarpley scored 32 goals in 125 games for the USWNT. including one in the quarterfinal of the 2008 Olympic Games. She also scored against Brazil in the 2004 Olympic final in Athens, Greece, helping the USA to the gold medal. Tarpley is a vice chair of the U.S. Soccer Athlete’s Council.