Soccer legend Abby Wambach to speak in Fayetteville April 18

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American soccer icon Abby Wambach will speak on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville next month as part of the university’s student-sponsored Distinguished Lecture Series.

The free public lecture begins at 7 p.m. Monday, April 18 inside Bud Walton Arena. Tickets are not required.

Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history, with 184 goals throughout her 15-year career. She took home gold medals in the 2004 and 2012 Olympics as she led the USA team in scoring. She missed the 2008 Olympics because of a broken leg.

Wambach is also known as the leading voice for women’s sports and for her generation of female soccer players and athletes.

“We have are extremely excited to be able to bring Abby Wambach to campus,” said Stephanie Long, chair of the lecture committee. “The committee has worked very hard to bring a variety of excellent speakers this school year, and we are very pleased to be able to wrap the season up with a speaker of her caliber.”