Continuing the new tradition of the presentation of roses following Thorns games to the goal scorers and goalkeeper who achieved a shutout, Girls, Inc. has been sending participants from their great youth programs to meet players after the game and hand them the roses in front of the North End supporters. For an organization that looks to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, it's truly a special moment after the match.
July 6 vs. Western New York Flash - Bella Schaeffer
7th grade, D
How did you like today?
I had a lot of fun. It was really fun to sit up in the stands with my dad and being in the shade and coming down here into the field and giving roses to Meleana Shim.
What was your favorite part of the day?
Probably giving roses and saying hi to the coach again. I met her from other events and it was really fun to see her again.
Is this your first Thorns game?
No, I have been to two others.
Do you have a favorite player?
I like all of them, but probably the goalie if I were to choose one because she is just really amazing and I like her hair too.
What makes you strong?
What makes me strong is that I always stop and think about things before I do them. I am also strong physically because I do dance and it helps my muscles.
What makes you smart?
I have struggled with ADHD my whole life so that made my brain smarter, if that makes sense. It helps a lot.
What makes you bold?
I usually stand out in a crowd most of the time because I think I am unique and I have really curly hair.
Have you ever played soccer?
I did it for 2-3 years and it was fun but I had other stuff going on.
Now you’re dancing?
Yes I am. I do ballet and jazz.
What is your favorite part about dancing?
I like being really graceful and I have always wanted to fly and that is the closest to flying I can get.