Former professional athlete dedicated to promoting social development, anti-racism, women’s empowerment, human rights, and education.
Lorrie Fair Allen was the youngest member of the 1999 World Cup Champion U.S. women’s national soccer team. Over the span of her career, she was a World Cup champion, Olympic Gold medalist and Olympic Silver medalist, and three-time national champion at the University of North Carolina. Professionally, Lorrie played for the Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA, Olympique Lyonnais in France, and Chelsea FC in the U.K.
She retired from international play in 2009, focusing her energy on promoting development through sport. Lorrie has worked and volunteered in the “sport for development” field since the age of 16. She has been an athlete ambassador for Right To Play and Show Racism the Red Card and has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In 2010, as part of her co-founded and self-funded organization Kickabout, she led a six-month overland expedition starting in London and traveling through Europe, the Middle East and East Africa, arriving in Johannesburg, South Africa for the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
As part of her volunteer work, Lorrie has been active in the U.S. State Department Sport Envoy Program since 2008. She has visited Morocco, Paraguay, Algeria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Brazil, and Pakistan to conduct diplomacy through sport with the goal of supporting the U.S. mission abroad in the empowerment of women and girls.
Lorrie has an actual job, too. She is the Program Director for the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, whose mission is to invest in African youth to keep themselves and their peers safe from HIV. After extensive field work living in rural South Africa, she joined the team based in Los Angeles and currently manages all grants the foundation makes to community-engaged organizations in Southern Africa.
She currently lives in California with her husband, Jason, and two boys (Cooper 3.5 years old and Jordan 1 year old). She is a self-professed foodie, avid cruciverbalist, Star Wars junkie, and loyal AC Milan supporter.