Aug. 14, 2002
Santa Clara University sophomore defender Jessica Ballweg is currently training in Canada with the Under-19 Women's Soccer National Team, as the squad prepares for the first-ever World Championship for their age group. Ballweg has been receiving a stuffed Teddy Bear from her mom Joan every time she leaves for a National Team event. Considering Ballweg has been with the U19s for two years and also played with the U.S. U16 National Team, that adds up to a lot of bears. Mrs. Ballweg topped herself this time however, sending to the team hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, a large box of small Teddy Bears, one for each U.S. player, all clothed in knitted USA sweaters, to wish the team good luck in the World Championship.