Shannon Boxx may be best known to the world as a three-time gold medal Olympian, but to many off the pitch, especially her children, she’s far more. 

A midfielder to take home the gold in 2004, 2008 and 2012, Boxx, who lives in Portland, Oregon, managed to play at the highest level AND be a mom at the same time. 

“Being a mom and playing at the highest level is an amazing thing that we’re allowed to do and we should be doing it,” Boxx said. “And I love that there are mom’s before me that showed me that, ‘hey, just because we want to have kids doesn’t mean we have to give up our career.’ And that was very valuable for me. So, I had a lot of good role models before me.”

Boxx is among the athletes featured by NBC Sports Northwest in a campaign to honor local Olympians and Paralympians from the Oregon and Washington areas, which began Sunday on Father’s Day and runs through Saturday, July 4.

The multiplatform campaign, which kicks off in the same time period that the postponed 2020 Olympic Track & Field Trials were scheduled to take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., will highlight local athletes through profiles and vignettes, which are presented by Toyota. 

Athletes who will be highlighted along with Boxx throughout the campaign include:

  • Long-distance runner and five-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp
  • Decathlete and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson 
  • Fencer and four-time Olympic medalist Mariel Zagunis
  • Sled hockey player and 2014 Paralympic gold medalist Rico Roman
  • Goalball player and two-time Paralympic medalist Jen Armbruster

The vignettes and profiles, along with new interviews from the athletes, will appear across multiple NBC Sports Northwest platforms, including “The Bridge,” The Brian Noe Show, Rip City Radio, the Talkin’ Blazers, Talkin’ Ducks and The Bridge podcasts, and


Boxx, who was diagnosed with lupus in 2008, is the a pure testament of strength and resilience. In the video above, Boxx explains what being a mom meant to her while playing with the USWNT and how she hopes to inspire others, as others paved the way for her.