I was very disappointed to read the article outlining Richland's lack of plans to honor Hope Solo after the World Cup.
She is a world-class athlete and she deserves to be recognized by her hometown. I am proud that we come from the same city and I would have loved the opportunity to honor her incredible athletic accomplishments. It is unfortunate that the city of Richland is not allowing this opportunity.
She should know that she has loyal fans in her hometown who choose to support her. Her athletic achievements are an inspiration to young people, and it is a testament to where hard work and determination can take you. Hope Solo has overcome many obstacles in her life, and I think it's pretty amazing that despite this, she has worked to become the greatest goalkeeper in the game. This is something that should be celebrated, not just swept aside.
Whether or not we will have the opportunity to celebrate Hope Solo’s incredible feat in Richland as a community, I'm sure her fans have enjoyed supporting her through a super exciting World Cup!