Sauerbrunn, a defensive player, sent Ginsburg the special jersey after sporting it during the SheBelieves Cup match on March 2 (and, presumably, after washing it). During the match, in honor of Women’s History Month, each player chose to represent a woman who inspired her. The names of other notable female figures, such as astronaut Sally Ride, singer Beyoncé and local basketball star Elena Delle Donne, were also emblazoned on the back of players’ jerseys.
“For the surprise package received today, huge thanks,” Ginsburg wrote. “I am proud to be among the women chosen for recognition in the 2019 SheBelieves game against England.”
Ginsburg, praised by her fans for being tough both mentally and physically, added, “The jersey will be my favorite for the biweekly workouts that keep me in shape.”
In a news release from the U.S. Soccer Federation, Sauermann explained why she chose to pay tribute to the associate justice. “She’s a complete rock star,” Sauermann said. “Dissenting opinion, battling cancer and then showing up to vote … what can’t she do?”