Redding native and soccer star Megan Rapinoe's year just keeps getting better and better.
On Monday, she was named Sports Illustrated's sportsperson of the year. The award honors both her performance on the field and her efforts to fight inequality off the field, according to Sports Illustrated.
Rapinoe is just the fourth woman, and the first individual soccer player, to receive the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year award in its 66-year history. "A feat that is both a remarkable athletic achievement and a reflection of entrenched gender biases," SI's Jenny Vrentas wrote.
Rapinoe became a household name for many in 2019 during the U.S. Women's World Cup title run.
Presenting SI’s 2019 Sportsperson of the Year: Megan Rapinoe 👏
She owned the biggest moment of her life and silenced all the doubters, all while becoming a voice for so many across the world https://t.co/Djg6rbAqj3
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 9, 2019