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Kim Crabbe

thumbnail_kim-crabbe-soccer-1Kim Crabbe is a pioneer in women’s soccer, becoming the first African American woman to play for the USWNT in 1986. Following her two-year career with the National Team, she took up coaching and went on to serve as the Outreach Program Director for the Wilmington Hammerheads Youth Football Club, where she coaches and mentors youth players in underserved communities and has made a lasting impact on the groups she works with.

Following the impact of her program, Crabbe was named the 2021 Youth Coach of the Year by United Soccer Coaches, while also earning their Black Soccer Coaches Advocacy Group Award of Excellence in 2018. She also received the 2019 Centennial NAACP Youth Services Award in 2019. She was inducted into the Virginia-DC Hall of Fame in 2016 for her achievements as a player, joining the likes of USWNT icons Mia Hamm and Jill Ellis, among other notable names in American soccer.

Kim Crabbe on Flame Bearers’ Instagram

“I LIVE TO SERVE.
SOCCER HAS BEEN MY TOOL
FOR REACHING PEOPLE,
BUT MY OVERARCHING CALLING IS SERVICE.”

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