U.S. women’s national team star Rose Lavelle met a young fan on Saturday night with a very familiar name. Lavelle was signing autographs after her club side, the Washington Spirit, fell 2-1 to the Houston Dash at the Maryland SoccerPlex.The 24-year-old did not participate in the match but was honored after the game alongside five of her teammates who also participated in the recently completed World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Following the brief ceremony, Spirit fans had a chance to meet their heroes and one fan in particular stood out due to her unique, but familiar name: Rose Lavelle. The younger Lavelle went up to the USWNT star and, in video captured by NBC Sports Washington, the elder Lavelle can be seen expressing her disbelief at the coincidence. “Your name is my name?” Lavelle exclaimed. “What the heck!”Watch Rose Lavelle meet…Rose Lavelle. This made me melt. @WashSpirit @USWNT @roselavelle pic.twitter.com/xl8uoKEftS— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) July 21, 2019The younger Lavelle’s father went on to explain that he thought he was giving his daughter a unique name. That idea has now gone out the window thanks to Lavelle’s performance at the World Cup.Lavelle scored three goals in France, including a solo effort in the final against the Netherlands that clinched a 2-0 win and the USWNT’s second consecutive world title. “I wasn’t surprised honestly,” Lavelle’s teammate for club and country Mallory Pugh said of Lavelle’s performance in France. “I know that Rose is such a great player and I had a feeling that that was her time. She stepped up and she executed and the rest is history.”Now back with the Spirit, Lavelle reflected on a whirlwind journey that has seen her quickly become a household name and a role model to youngsters all over. “I think it’s cool how I’ve come full circle and now I can give back to the game in a way that it gave to me when I was growing up,” Lavelle said.On Saturday, Lavelle was able to give back to her namesake, for whom she has high hopes in the future.”Hopefully little Rose Lavelle will come up and everyone will forget about old Rose Lavelle.”
Know someone dedicated to preventing crime in their community? Help recognize their work with a nomination for a Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention. There are many ways to prevent crime, from developing partnerships and programs that address root causes, to providing leadership in the community to supporting others in their efforts. “To prevent crime we must all work together,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “It takes the co-operation of many, communities, businesses, police and government, to provide supports and services that make a difference. There are several communities and organizations in Nova Scotia taking proactive approaches to crime prevention. These awards are a way to recognize their efforts and share their stories.” This is the sixth year for the Minister’s Crime Prevention Awards. Don Spicer, executive director of Shelter Nova Scotia and a former Halifax Police superintendent, supports the awards and their goals. “The Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention is a great way to recognize the outstanding contribution to crime prevention by people in our community,” said Mr. Spicer. “This type of recognition helps to validate the work of our unsung heroes. I look forward to submitting nominations again this year.” The Department of Justice is accepting nominations in six categories: Individual Youth (21 and under) Community Group or Organization Policing Media Business Community For more information and to download nomination forms, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 21.