BEST LOCAL GIRL MADE GOOD Minneapolis 2000 -
Immediately after stopping China's soccer team from scoring a game-winning penalty kick in last summer's World Cup Championship and setting up Brandi Chastain's photo-finish goal, the soccer star from Dayton was publicly slighted. Instead of making her the center of their postgame coverage, the wizards at ABC decided not to give the only African-American woman on the field any face time. A more self-absorbed athlete would've crowed, and justifiably so. But the soft-spoken goalie blew off the incident and immediately went to work as an ambassador for her sport and her community (fans have dubbed her "the Jackie Robinson of soccer"), embarking on a cross-country tour to promote soccer among black children. This summer Scurry plans to suit up for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and then go to work starting a professional league back in the States. If all else fails, the 28-year-old--who can frequently be found courtside at Minnesota Lynx games--may lace up her high tops and make a run at the WNBA.