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Gina Castaneda walked in, sat down, and I asked her what soccer meant to her. She said, quite forcefully and without hesitation, “Soccer saved my life.”
Gina Castaneda was a standout high school soccer player with a scholarship that disappeared when she blew out her knee. She stayed in Watsonville, California, becoming a probation officer, and now uses soccer to help rehabilitate gang members.

Not exactly about the WNT, but I think the thing she says about her daughter is great. Not to mention that there needs to be more people like her in both terms of crime prevention/rehab, but also people helping with soccer in disadvantaged communities. The player scouting and training needs to be more inclusive for the men’s and women’s sides.

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