Angela Hucles is new president of Women's Sports Foundation

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Olympic soccer player Angela Hucles is the new president of the Women's Sports Foundation.

Hucles succeeds Olympic hockey gold medalist Angela Ruggiero, whose two-year term ended.

The 36-year-old Hucles (HUE'-clees) will join new CEO Deborah Slaner Larkin in leading the organization founded by Billie Jean King in 1974.

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She says her aim is not only to inspire girls and women to participate in sports, but to also ''be vocal about it so they encourage others to join in and experience the many advantages.''

Hucles won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. national team and two bronze medals at the World Cup. In college, she was Virginia's leading scorer.

The Women's Sports Foundation works to ensure sports access for girls and women, provides travel and training grants and develops new leaders.

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