World-class soccer player Heather O’Reilly is helping young women develop their fire

Heather O’Reilly has three Olympic gold medals. (The Olympics!) She’s won a Women’s World Cup. She earned NCAA titles as part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Women’s Soccer team. Now she’s playing professionally for Arsenal Ladies FC in England.

Yes, very accomplished. And yes, very busy. But O’Reilly is still dedicated to working with young women, helping them with leadership and their attitude. That’s one of the reasons she’s a Community Connector.

Heather O’Reilly also invests in community


O’Reilly, a soccer legend, is also an investor in the Franklin Street institution that is the Carolina Coffee Shop. She, along with a group of other investors — including her husband David Werry, a former UNC lacrosse player — bought the space earlier this year.

A historical marker outside the 95-year-old Carolina Coffee Shop proclaims it to be the oldest restaurant in Chapel Hill still operating in its original location. It’s been a soda shop, partial university post office and classic small town restaurant.


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