St. Louis (KSDK) - Having an Olympic gold medal placed around your neck is something most of us can only dream about. And apparently even if it happens, it feels more like a dream.
"Having that medal, it's unbelievable," Becky Sauerbrunn, a defender for the United States Women's National Soccer Team says.
But it wasn't that many years ago that Sauerbrunn was just like these young soccer players.
"I really was one of those kids out there just practicing in the rain, in the cold," Sauerbrunn pointed out.
That's why when she gets the chance she comes home to not only share her story, but to encourage kids to be good teammates and good students.
"It never goes unnoticed if you're working hard, if you're nice and you care for your teammates," Sauerbrunn said to a group of more than 100 kids.
Of course, these days her return results in slightly more screams and signing countless autographs.
"It's nice to be able to show the girls that no matter where you're from you can make it all it takes is a lot of hard work," Sauerbrunn added.
So Becky Sauerbrunn might be a gold medal athlete, but if you ask any of the girls who came out to see her, it's all about her heart.
"She just plays with her whole heart," Annie Miskovic said.
"She's such a great person on top of being a great soccer player," Sarah Lampe added.
Whether she's playing with it or giving back because of it.