PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The reigning FIFA women’s player of the year and Delran, New Jersey native Carli Lloyd spoke to a large crowd Sunday at the Philadelphia Auto Show.
The crowd of mostly kids hung on Lloyd’s every word.
“I’m willing to do whatever it takes,” she said. “If that means I have to go run out in the snow, I go run out in the snow. It’s not easy, but you have to carve out that time.”
She encouraged the young soccer players in attendance to chase their dreams with relentless dedication. But it wasn’t all serious. She had a few laughs when answering questions:
“The little one wanting me or asking me if I could come hang out with me for a little bit, that was cute,” she said.
There were least 1,500 people present. The size of the crowd came as a surprise to the Golden Ball winner.
“Pretty awesome,” says Lloyd. “I think it’s just a telling of where women’s soccer has come in the last decade.”
Little kids were wearing big smiles the entire time. It was a day Lola will remember for quite a while:
“It was really cool.”
Young Olivia soaked up all of Carli’s secrets to success:
“Practice every day then you’ll get better and better and maybe you can be a champion someday.”
Auto Show President David Kelleher thought this would be a good way to attract some different people and create a more family friendly environment:
“We had close to 1,600 or 1,700 people watching, and she didn’t disappoint, did she?”
Given the turnout, she certainly did not.