Carli Lloyd & Danny Madaroski
Elon University Fall Convocation
Friday, September 24, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion, soccer legend Carli Lloyd will deliver Elon’s Fall Convocation address in Schar Center. She will be joined by her trainer, Danny Madaroski, who is also a volunteer women’s soccer coach at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
The current captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, Lloyd has represented the country in the past four Women’s World Cup tournaments and scored the winning goal in the finals of both the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She is a two-time recipient and one of only four Americans to be awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year, the most prestigious and highest award in soccer.
Raised in Delran, New Jersey, Lloyd attended Rutgers University and set school records as the all-time leader in points, goals and shots for the Scarlet Knights. She has since been named to the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni and has been inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
A veteran of four Women’s World Cup tournaments, Lloyd led the U.S. team in 2015 to its first World Cup Championship since 1999. She scored a historic hat trick during the final match that year against Japan, with her third and final goal of the game widely described as one of the greatest soccer goals of all time. Four years later, the team claimed its record fourth World Cup title, making Lloyd a two-time champion and the first player to score in six straight Women’s World Cup games.
In 2016 Lloyd published “When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World,” a best-selling memoir about her rise in the sport.