What a selfless act!
Brandi Chastain isn’t just one of the most talented players in the history of soccer, she’s also one of the bravest.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup winner announced on Thursday she will be donating her brain to science upon her eventual death in an effort to better understand the sport!
The 47-year-old made the decision to give her cranium to the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University School of Medicine Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Bank to help her fellow athletes, saying:
“It is really about: How I can help impact soccer beyond scoring a goal in 1999 in the World Cup final. Can I do something more to leave soccer in a better place than it was when I began this wonderful journey with this game?
It’s been a journey about education for me. I’ve been involved in sports for a long time, only up until recently, have people been talking about concussions, and then concussions specifically related to soccer. It’s been mostly a football problem or a football issue. But it’s not.
I won’t need it anymore, so I might as well put it to good use.”
Brandi has since retired from the sport after famously scoring the winning goal during penalty kicks against China in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, but it’s nice to see she still cares so deeply for the game.
Let’s just hope a zombie apocalypse doesn’t break out in the near future!
[Image via Brandi Chastain/Twitter.]