Friday, March 15, 2013

Good News: You'll Be Seeing A Lot More of Heather Mitts in Philadelphia

Longtime Philadelphia sports fans and soccer heads alike are surely familiar with Heather Mitts. The former know her first as the wife of former Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley while the latter know her for scoring goals and winning gold medals on the pitch for the U.S. National Team. Mitts will be joining the Union's television broadcasts as a pregame and sideline reporter this season. She'll also have a role as a soccer ambassador. Mitts recently hung up her cleats after suiting up in 137 matches for the United States. You can read a pretty touching retirement message she posted on her Facebook page yesterday right here. The Union announced her next move on their website this evening. “I'm very excited about my involvement and position with the Philadelphia Union,” said Mitts. “I can't wait to be on the sidelines, reporting at the game this weekend against the New England Revolution and am eager to be an ambassador for the club as well. I really enjoy Nick Sakiewicz’s philosophy and together we look forward to helping the game grow here in the Philadelphia area.” We've certainly mentioned her plenty in the past here on the Level. She was ESPN Page2's hottest female athlete a couple years back. She looked lovely on her and A.J.'s wedding day in Mexico back in 2010. She was also honored at halftime of an Eagles game back in 2008 while rocking her gold medal. Mar 14, 2013 9:04pm By Enrico Campitelli Jr. USA Today Sports photo

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Heather Announces Retirement

The time has come for me to move onto a new stage of my career. I truly appreciate the women who paved the way, to my friends and dear teammates that I will never forget. I will miss the little things… the travel by plane, train and mini van, the locker room moments, keeping my teammates on their toes and nothing will ever compare to putting on that US jersey. It’s been an amazing journey with some obstacles but in the very end I feel so fortunate that we were able to close on a golden note. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. It's a game but it's something we all love to do. I will miss the comradery more than anything & the chance to compete everyday to be the best in the world. My teammates were my bridesmaids, confidants, source of inspiration & family and always made me look good on the field. Soccer has given me so many opportunities & has been a positive & humbling teacher. I feel completely fulfilled and its that perfect time to move on. I leave with a smile on my face and happiness in my heart. I will continue to stay close to the sport as I will be working as a sideline analyst & ambassador for the Philadelphia Union while taking part in other soccer related projects. I also look forward to starting a family and becoming an ultimate soccer mom. A special thanks to Ohio ODP, my numerous club teams, St. Ursula Academy and the University of Florida. To Becky Burleigh, Vic Campbell & Mark Kirkorian for preparing me to reach the next level & James Galanis for helping me reach my full potential. April Heinrich, Greg Ryan, Pia Sundage & Tom Sermanni for giving me an opportunity to play for the best team in the world. Thanks to the numerous trainers & supporting staff over the years. Omi Iwasaki for helping me come back from my ACL. My sponsors TRX, Polk, GNC and especially Under Armour who has let me protect the house since 2004. My agent, Dan Levy and most of all my loving parents, supportive extended family and wonderful husband. Its amazing how 28 years of playing a sport I love and always will, can fly by. From my first cap til now, the growth of the sport has been profound. I look forward to the launch & success of the NWSL, and rooting on my Boston Breakers. Old ladies club of Christie Rampone & Shannon Boxx keep the flame alive! I leave with so much gratitude to US Soccer for allowing us the right to play for our country. Lastly the fans. Your constant love and support for the sport and this team is among the best in the world. I look forward to joining you to cheer on this amazing team. "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Thanks to all the people who have made this dream possible.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sports Injury Prevention Program, Sponsored By DePuy Mitek, Comes To Tampa With Soccer Star Heather Mitts (via PR Newswire)

RAYNHAM, Mass., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As an official sports medicine sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, DePuy Mitek has launched a national Sports Injury Prevention Program to educate parents, coaches and young athletes about the importance of preventing sports-related injuries. As part…