Julie Ertz is aware of the significance of getting a powerful sports activities program in center college — in any case, that was when the athlete determined soccer was going to be her focus in life.

The skilled soccer participant has seen the advantages of sports activities first hand since she was a sporty baby in center college, she tells PEOPLE in an unique interview.

That’s why Ertz, 27, teamed up with Tony the Tiger’s “Mission Tiger,” an initiative from Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes to give center college college students entry to sports activities, by supporting sports activities packages throughout the nation with wants from huge to small.

“I love all things that sports do — it unites people, it brings together teamwork, you learn confidence and leadership and a lot of things that I think are important at that time of age for kids,” the soccer participant — who’s married to 28-year-old Philadelphia Eagles tight finish, Zach Ertz — says.

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My childhood pal Tony the Tiger called today with a mission — a mission to help middle school sports via #MissionTiger. This mission is near and dear to me, as it’s no secret that youth sports provide countless positive development benefits — from promoting teamwork to self-esteem and so much more. That’s why I teamed up with Tony the Tiger and @kelloggsfrostedflakes to help a local Chicago school inspire its students’ dreams both on and off the field by donating the right equipment including soccer balls, cleats, shin guards and more. But this nationwide mission doesn’t stop there, visit MissionTiger.com to learn how you can join the mission too, it’s as easy as buying a box of Frosted Flakes! #ad

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“For me it allows to have a dream and be able to hopefully get amazing opportunities from that, and it’s fun,” she provides of the initiative’s significance.

“I think that the big thing is it’s fun, you learn in the end, you can create goals and especially in middle school you’re learning a bunch about yourself and that’s such a great time to help grow confidence.”

On Sept. 27, Julie and Mission Tiger helped these targets change into a actuality with a shock go to to greater than 260 college students at Shields Middle School in Chicago.

The U.S. nationwide soccer workforce star, who trains and performs close by the college for the Chicago Red Stars, wished to choose a faculty that she knew was in want.

The college students have been “so energetic” when she and Tony the Tiger charged into the center college health club with an announcement of a $20,000 donation in Mission Tiger-donated funds and sports activities tools, uniforms and extra.

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“Every one of the kids wanted to kick a soccer ball against Tony and every single one had a team that they were a fan of when I asked if they were a soccer fan. Just to see that excitement and how much soccer can unite people it’s huge and that was really the fun part, I just didn’t want to leave,” she shares.

Now that the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is over, which the U.S. ladies’s nationwide soccer workforce gained for the second 12 months in a row, the athlete — who was additionally simply named to the Women’s World Team of the Year — is in a position to mirror on the particular second and start to look ahead.

“To be able to say you’re back to back world champions is just so incredible, considering there’s four years in between that you train for that,” she says.

“It was just a huge moment and to be able to have my family there to celebrate — they’ve been with me on this journey since day one — was truly a blessing. That was the most amazing part, to be able to be able to look in the stands after an amazing win as a team, to see my family there, who have been there supporting me since I’ve had this dream since middle school.”

While she’s already switching her mindset to the 2020 Olympics, Julie mentioned she’s actually wanting ahead to spending time with her NFL star husband within the low season.

“Obviously during the world cup year I don’t get a ton with him, so any time I get with him is super special and I cherish every moment of that. I’m really excited to kind of be able to sit back, relax and enjoy some time with my husband,” she provides.

The athlete couple tied the knot in March 2017 on the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California.

Julie met her future husband in 2012 by means of mutual mates whereas Zach was a participant on Stanford University’s soccer workforce and he or she was on the soccer workforce at close by Santa Clara.

After courting long-distance following his transfer to Philadelphia, Zach popped the query in February 2016.

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