You want my headband? Utah Royals Soccer Player, Michelle Maemone.


(ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) – I enjoy telling inspiring stories with Utah Success Stories. I also do in-depth, online interview, called Jessop’s Journal.

Here’s a snippet of one of those stories with Utah Royals soccer player Michelle Maemone.

DOUG: You’ve probably got a lot of little girls saying geez, “I want to be like Michelle.” Has that hit your yet?

MICHELLE MAEMONE: Um. You know there was this one moment after a game when we were signing autographs and, I’ll never forget, it was after our third game. I wear a lulu-lemon headband, I’ve always worn them. This one girl was like “can I have your headband?” I was like, you want my headband? Mine? Like that’s significant to you? So I took it off and I gave it to her. I realize I can’t do this every game. They’re kind of expensive. But at that moment. That’s when things changed. Signing autographs, wanting to take a picture with you.

This one guy came up to me and had my jersey. Oh my goodness. I’ve never had someone buy my jersey. this picture with this group of little girls. I just have vivid memories of being on the other side of that not that long ago. And remembering what it was like to dream of being on the other side of being the player taking the picture with the girls.

You know how before you head out to the field before you play, you’re holding a little girl’s hand. Again, I was that little girl not that long ago. Here I am ready to go play a game in this professional setting and I’m holding a little girl hand you are probably dreaming of being on the other side. I can’t even put it into words. It’s really amazing.


A big shout out goes to my collaborator, Ed Wilets, who does a great job as my videographer/editor for all my stories. I invite you to watch each episode of Jessop’s Journal at and share these stories with your friends and neighbors.  Your feedback is always welcome.

Other episodes of Jessop’s Journal can be seen at and are made possible by the generous support of Rustico, Tailor Cooperative, JW Custom Hats,and Ogden’s Own Distillery.

You can also see my positive business profiles called “Utah Success Stories” every Sunday in the ABC4 News at 10 p.m. or online at

As a sidebar, I’m also a #gardentvguy that designed and planted the ABC4 Backyard. As a self-confessed #gardengeek you can see my #dougsdailyplantpics as well as sneak peeks on stories I’m working on by checking out my website,, and following me on social media at, and

Stories have power. They help us understand each other. With another entry into Jessop’s Journal, I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.


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