For the Girls

The women's soccer team at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is regarded as the greatest college sports dynasty in history. The head coach, Anson Dorrance, is a former soccer player and U.N.C. alumnus. He has led the team to win 22 N.C.A.A. Women's Soccer Championships and has won over 800 games in his coaching career, which is over 90% of all games he has ever coached.

Dorrance takes pride in the team's dynamic and culture. Older players act as leaders and help the team live Dorrance's core values. While teammates are competitive on the field, they support each other, and the team feels like a family. One of their main sayings is "For the girls." Players write the phrase on their wrist tape before games, and they use it to break huddles. It all started when someone said that Saturdays were "for the boys" since many men's college sports teams played on that day. Women soccer players responded with "for the girls."

As time has gone by, the phrase has taken on more meaning. Teammates now say "for the girls" to remind themselves why they play the game: for each other.