Rampone Enters N.J. Hall of Fame

RamponeSky Blue FC captain Christie Rampone has won World Cup and Olympic gold medals. Now, she can also call herself a hall-of-famer.

Rampone was one of 12 members in the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016.

“To be recognized by your home state is an amazing honor,” said Rampone, a native of Point Pleasant, N.J. “Not only did I grow up here, but New Jersey is where I laid down my foundation. This was a really special experience for me and one that I will never forget.”

Rampone was among a 12-person class that included college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, comedian Jon Stewart, former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, 19th century novelist James Fennimore Cooper, pop artists Kool and the Gang, entrepreneur Lewis Katz, FOX Studio founder William Fox, Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, Medal of Honor recipient Jack H. Jacobs, late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg and motivational speaker Carla Harris.

“Christie is a world class athlete and person, and this is a well-deserved recognition for her,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We feel privileged to have her as part of our club, and she is instrumental in everything that we do.”

As a player, Rampone has won two FIFA Women’s World Cups and three U.S. Olympic Gold Medals, while also leading Sky Blue FC to the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer championship. The former three-sport athlete at Monmouth University served as captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team for seven consecutive years and is one of only two players in international soccer history (men or women) who has more than 300 caps for her country.