U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd greets fans at CareOne at Hamilton assisted living facility

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HAMILTON >> Top U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd of New Jersey signed T-shirts and posed with dozens of smiling children Thursday night as she helped raise food for the hungry at the recently renovated CareOne at Hamilton Assisted Living facility off Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road.

“It’s really about giving back,” Lloyd told The Trentonian at the two-hour event. “I started when I was 5 in a small town in New Jersey in Delran, and I was just like they were: Had dreams, had goals. It’s about giving back and about being an inspiration and being a role model to so many young people, boys, girls, even adults.”

Lloyd is a two-time Olympic gold medalist best known as the dominant U.S. women’s soccer midfielder who scored the gold-clinching goals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games and the top player of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup following her hat trick in the World Cup Final win over Japan.

About 400 people showed up at the CareOne event on Thursday to interact with Lloyd, including the entire Hibernian Crush girls soccer team.

“It’s really cool, and I wish I could be on the U.S. women’s soccer team one day,” said Hibernian Crush player Ryan Carr, 11, of Hamilton, after she posed with Lloyd for photos.

“I was very happy to meet her and very excited,” said Hibernian Crush player Savina Caribella, 12, of Hamilton, after she had interacted with Lloyd.

Hibernian Crush head coach Debbie Carr said it was “wonderful” for Lloyd to be “taking time out of her busy schedule” to be “here for the community.”

“She is an inspiration for the kids,” Debbie Carr said of Lloyd.

Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede was among the adults who showed up for the chance to meet Lloyd. “I think she is fantastic,” Yaede said of Lloyd prior to the meet and greet. “I really admire her.”

CareOne of Hamilton partnered with Lloyd Thursday night at an event that benefited Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, a Ewing-based organization that provides thousands of pounds of food each year to area food pantries that feed the hungry.

Many of the attendees at the event either donated non-perishable food items to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank or donated playful items to a Toys for Tots campaign.

“It’s just amazing to see people come out and support people in their community,” said Brian Peterson, a Mercer Street Friends Food Bank community resource liaison. “This was all because of CareOne of Hamilton, so we really appreciate this.”

Lloyd called it a “special cause” and said: “It is great to be helping CareOne. I think they do a phenomenal job with their assisted living homes. It’s just great for everybody.”

 

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Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanSulaiman Abdur-Rahman has been working as a professional journalist since graduating from Temple University in 2007. Prior to his current stint at The Trentonian, Abdur-Rahman worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer and wrote a self-published memoir about his 12-month experience of living in Australia on a spouse visa. Reach the author at sulaiman@trentonian.com or follow Sulaiman on Twitter: @sabdurr.

December 2, 2016 | Posted by CareOne | Filed in Blog, News