After the 2019 Women’s World Cup (WWC), FIFA awarded club benefits to youth
soccer clubs where members of the USA’s WWC team played their
youth soccer. Because Kelley O’Hara played at AFC Lightning, our club was awarded $8000 as part of the WWC club benefits program. AFC Lightning are reinvesting
this money and are proud to announce a new, annual scholarship aimed at
supporting two graduating AFC Lightning girls players each year.
"I am very excited for the creation of this scholarship and the opportunity to give back to the club that shaped me as a player," said current USWNT and former AFC Lightning player, Kelley O'Hara. "Soccer has always been a big priority for me, but education was always of equal importance. I’m thrilled to be able to support fellow AFC Lightning players in their college careers, both on and off the field."
Each May, Kelley O’Hara and AFC Lightning will award two $4,000 scholarships to
the winning applicants. Our goal is to help AFC Lightning players continue their
participation in our great game while furthering their academic endeavors. “Kelley
O’Hara is not only a soccer champion, but a fantastic role model who wants to give
back to the community where she grew up” said Steve Muccillo, AFC Lightning
Executive Director. “This money was given to AFC Lightning because of Kelley’s
accomplishments on the field, and this is a great way to 'pay it forward' for perhaps
another future AFC Lightning world cup champion. We will continue to search for
means and methods to motivate, inspire, and assist our players to be the best they