Kicking Knowledge with Abby Wambach

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2016)  The Student Activities Board’s Engaging Issues and Multicultural Affairs Committees will host Abby Wambach, American soccer player, coach, double Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women's World Cup champion and  2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, to speak at the returning Women of the World Series on 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Memorial Hall.

The six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach has been a regular on the U.S. women's national soccer team since 2003 after playing college at the University of Florida. As a forward, she currently stands as the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals.

“I’m personally just excited to hear from such a multifaceted person,” stated Lee Mengistu, SAB director of multicultural affairs. “Not only is she a legendary athlete, she also has a Barbie made in her likeness. How cool is that?”

The event will be a lecture that allows attendees to listen to Wambach speak about being a woman in a male-dominated industry, being an active member in the LGBTQ community and her reflections on her career.

The Women of the World Series was created to celebrate a diverse group of women within various forms of power. Last year’s speaker for the Women of the World Series was Rosario Dawson, actress and Latina activist.

SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community. Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at, or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue

SAB CONTACT: Jazmine Byrd,, 859-257-8868

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, or, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395