Professional Soccer Player - Orlando Pride
A graduate of Santa Clara University, Dani Weatherholt was drafted to the Orlando Pride in 2016 where she has remained, becoming a vital part of the team's midfield. On our trip to Orlando, Florida, we had the pleasure of sitting down with her, and other members of Orlando Pride, including Toni Pressley to chat. With the start of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), and as we now move into the NWSL's 5th week, we wanted to talk to the footballers, hear their stories, learn about their passions, and discuss the importance of women in sports. As always, enjoy.
Who are some women that inspire you?
Michelle Akers, and Mia Hamm, that whole generation. Michelle Akers because she had a disease, and illness that made her chronically fatigued, and no matter what gave 110% and fought, she was just courageous. I've always loved her.
What does confidence mean to you?
It means everything, I think that confidence gives you self-autonomy, and by that I mean believing in yourself. That belief you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, whether that's on the soccer field, or off the field, and you can also, in doing so, inspire other people to be confident.
"Confidence gives you self-autonomy"
What are you passionate about?
What am I passionate about? I love kids, and I'm passionate about coaching, and photography.
What's the most impactful advice you've been given?
Someone once told me to be unpredictable. I'm still working on it
Why do you think it's important for girls (and women) to play sport?
It's so important!
I really do think it's so important, because of the confidence and self-autonomy you gain. You get to be in a sport where you get to learn from the people around you, you're inspired by other girls that are also strong and confident, and also you get to develop inner strength, and the mental side - the mental toughness of the game. There's just so many benefits that come with playing sport, but among them is definitely that confidence and self-belief.