The 13th Annual Eclipse Banquet, held at the Marriott in Irvine, was entertaining and inspiring from beginning to end. Players, families, and coaches look forward to this special event every year. It is a night to get dressed up, enjoy camaraderie, laugh, and celebrate the club’s accomplishments. This first-class night was amplified by the dynamic and motivational speaker, Julie Foudy. Julie played for the US Women’s National Team for 17 years and is currently a primary commentator for women’s soccer events on ESPN. Julie spoke to the crowd of 580 people in a way that not only inspired their love for soccer but encouraged them to never give up their dreams, all while making them laugh. She even stayed for autographs. It was truly a treat.
The night was also filled with lively social time, a slide-show presentation from all 23 teams highlighting their year together, and a silent-auction jam-packed with gift baskets, trips and services. Attendees also will not forget the adorable skits performed by three of our younger teams, the respectful tribute to all 21 of our graduating seniors, and a delicious dinner.
Eclipse thanks all who attended and looks forward to seeing you at the next banquet in the fall of 2013.
2012 Guest Speaker: Julie Foudy – Member of the USA National Team for 17 years; captain for 13 years. Two-time World Cup Champion; two Olympic Gold Medals. Current analyst for ABC/ESPN ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2011 Guest Speaker: Rebekah Foreman – Eclipse U18 Player, Graduating Senior, Committed to TCU for next Fall
2010 Guest Speaker: Brittany Klein – US U23 National Team, Washington Freedom WPS, Eclipse Alumni, Kiki Bosio – US U23 National Team, FC Gold Pride WPS, Eclipse Alumni
2009 Guest Speaker: Amy Rodriguez – US National Team Player, Philadelphia Independence WPS, and Eclipse Alumni
2008 Guest Speaker: Eddie Lewis – Los Angeles Galaxy
2007 Guest Speaker: Ali Wagner – US Women’s National Team
2006 Guest Speaker: Shannon McMillan – US Women’s National Team
2005 Guest Speaker: Tisha Venturini – Former US Women’s National Team