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Alumna Nicole Rowan Named LA Galaxy Ambassador

After a competitive judging process, Nicole Lynn (Eggers) Rowan (BA ’10) has been named to the 2012 Miss LA Galaxy Court. Her duties will include engaging with the community and acting as an ambassador for the LA Galaxy team.

“Serving the community and God's people has always been a passion of mine and when I heard about the MLAG program I was immediately interested,” she said. “The program lends an opportunity to be a voice in the community and to partake in many events.”

Introduced in 2002, the Miss LA Galaxy (MLAG) program is designed to recognize the successful role models in the Los Angeles area and add a female dynamic to a men’s professional soccer team. Miss LA Galaxy and her Court appear not only at Galaxy games but also at local events and participate in speaking engagements and volunteer opportunities. The program provides young women the chance to learn and develop their professional skills in public relations, marketing, interviewing, community development, communication, and more.

With her degree in Communications from Hope International University, dedicated service at the Fullerton Soup Kitchen and St. Andrews Episcopal Church, experience as a small group leader, and overall positive attitude, Nicole hit on all of the MLAG characteristics. Each year, MLAG members are selected through a specialized process beginning with an open casting call that considers candidates’ community involvement, academic achievement, personal success, and support for soccer. Ten finalists are then chosen and judged on a list of criteria including personal and private interviews, social skills during a public appearance, modeling, and fan’s votes.

Having competed in several pageants before, Nicole was confident during the MLAG judging process, “but more than being confident with myself, I wanted the fans and crowd to know who I am: a confident women of God,” she said. Nicole, who is the first ever married court member, said she has already been tagged as “the Christian girl,” a label she’s glad to wear. “I want to impact young people to be who they say they are. I proclaim to be a follower of Christ and I'm proud of it!” she said. “I want to encourage others to dream big and live every moment to the fullest! Our young people are the next teachers, bosses, and leaders of tomorrow and if they can hear now that they are significant, important, valuable then they will live like they are.”

In addition to her duties for MLAG, Nicole is searching for a full-time ministry position and enjoying life as a newlywed. She and Perris Rowan (BA ’11) have been married for three months and reside in Orange, CA.

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