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World Cup coach offers winning advice

U.S. Women’s World Cup coach Jill Ellis, a Palmetto Bay resident, speaks at Palmer Trinity school after winning the 2015 World Cup.
U.S. Women’s World Cup coach Jill Ellis, a Palmetto Bay resident, speaks at Palmer Trinity school after winning the 2015 World Cup. Courtesy Palmer Trinity

Jill Ellis is not only the coach who led the United States Women’s National Soccer Team to victory at the World Cup in Canada over the summer. She’s also a local, living in Palmetto Bay. Ellis visited Palmer Trinity School in the area Friday to give a pep talk to the rapt student body.

Before the speech, the 49-year-old native Brit took a tour of the campus with her 9-year-old daughter Lily and was impressed by what she saw.

“What struck me when I peeked into the classrooms is that you all were all fully engaged,” Ellis said. “What I took away is that you are all pursuing excellence. When you all leave here you want to be better.”

She went on to explain how she helped steer the team to (literally) reach the ultimate goal.

“When I first started with them they weren’t too shabby, having already won two gold medals at the Olympics, but the World Cup was elusive,” said Ellis, who added that during the initial training sessions she presented all the athletes in her charge with Will Rogers’ famous quote: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

“What we had to do to achieve success was take excellence, continue to push and raise the bar,” she said.

MEET AND GREET

Your chance to meet jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater — triple Grammy winner, Tony winner and UN Goodwill ambassador — will be at Neiman Marcus at the Village of Merrick Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, when she will tell her story, followed by an acoustic performance and a meet and greet with a CD autograph signing.

BONDING TIME

Today may be your lucky day: We are giving away a pair of tickets to Wednesday night’s private screening of the new James Bond film, Spectre, at South Beach Regal Cinemas, along with access to the afterparty at 1 Hotel on South Beach. You will also receive a Belvedere Vodka gift bag. Must be 21 and over to win and live in South Florida. Check Miami.com and Miami.com on Facebook for your chance to win.

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