In support of BRYC and "Catch the Spirit!" Night, Washington Spirit standout defender Kika Toulouse appeared Sunday at BRYC Photo Day at Olde Creeke Elementary School to help promote the event...and attracted quite a crowd. Kika is a product of BRYC who went on to play collegiately at the University of Virginia and professionally in Sweden before returning "home" to start for the Washington Spirit.
Pictured (left to right) below; Coaches Tony Vincent’s and Lenny Lapetina’s U6G Mighty Bulldogs, Coaches Jose and Barbara Murillo’s U14G Fierce Babes, and the U11/12 Girls who were scrimmaging at Olde Creek under the watchful eyes of League Director and Coach Jon Fredrick and Coach Tom Small got to get up close and personal.
Thanks to Spirit Group Program Manager Natalie Pardo and especially to Kika for making it a most memorable Photo Day. For more and larger pictures of Kika’s visit, click on "Continue" at the bottom of this story.
In connection with their Photo Day appearance and Catch the Spirit! Night, the Spirit generously offered four free tickets to an upcoming home game. And the winner is...
...FCPS teacher Terri Stirk, mother of U7Boy Andrew, a U. of Virginia graduate (like Kika) who played for the club team, Charlottesville United, and whose husband Tony is a current player, manager, and winter league commissioner in the Coaches league. How much more of a soccer-loving family could one ask for to give the tickets to?
Quite amazingly, Terri had a long conversation with Kika, and had her photograph taken, only moments before her name was drawn from the box that contained at least a hundred others. At the moment of the drawing no one realized the coincidence. It wasn’t until the webmaster was preparing to notify the ticket winner and email a photo to the woman in the picture that he realized it was the same person! Congratulations to Terri and her family on winning the tickets. Enjoy the game!