UCLA Alumna Val Henderson to Take Part in Government Exchange Program

Dec. 1, 2012

Former UCLA All-American soccer player Valerie Henderson has been selected to join the International Center's Sports Corps Division's Singapore America Soccer Exchange and will travel to Singapore this week to coach Singapore youth.

Henderson, UCLA's all-time shutout leader, will join three other American coaches for the five training clinics from Dec. 3-8. They will train a total of 500-600 female athletes, athletes with disabilities in the 12-20 year old range, and an additional 40-50 coaches. A group of Singaporean athletes and coaches will visit the U.S. for 8-10 days in 2013.

This exchange program, in cooperation with the Football Association of Singapore and the United States Embassy in Singapore, is made possible by a grant from the SportsUnited Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The program aims to further improve understanding between the people of Singapore and the United States through sports.

"Val is a wonderful young coach, and her positive attitude and work ethic will help provide a great example for the Singaporean youth", said Program Director Karen Willoughby. "We are excited to have her join us for this exchange program".

Henderson played at UCLA from 2004-07 and finished her career with a UCLA record 76 wins and 38 shutouts. She earned NSCAA All-America honors in 2005 and was a Soccer America Freshman All-American in 2004. Additionally, she earned NSCAA Scholar All-America honors in 2007 and 2006. Henderson won a Pac-10 title and played in the NCAA College Cup every year she was on the UCLA team. She went on to play professionally in the WPS for the Los Angeles Sol and Philadelphia Independence and is currently an assistant coach at San Jose State.

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