Meet Our Celebrity Spokesperson

Olympic Gold Medalist, Christie Pearce, is Spokesperson for K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital

ChristieRamponeSoccerK. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is proud to have Olympic superstar and mother Christie Pearce as its celebrity spokesperson.

At a time when so many athletes choose to be celebrities over leaders, Christie Pearce is one sports icon we can always count on for a role model. As United States Women’s National Soccer Team Captain, three-time Olympic gold medal winner and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, Pearce has certainly earned the right to be called "Superstar."

But as one of Meridian Health’s most committed community advocates, spokesperson for K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, Meridian Momtourage blogger and champion of leadership, health and confidence for women all over the world, Pearce will go down in history books with an even more prestigious title: "Hero."

As the official spokesperson for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Pearce has set a superstar standard with a dedication to community engagement that is unsurpassed -- visiting children on the pediatric floor, attending community events with Doctor Bernard and working to instill in future generation the values and the importance of exercise, safety and a healthy diet.

After living in Monmouth and Ocean counties for most of her life and delivering both of her daughters at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Pearce is giving back to the Children's Hospital and Medical Center.

Proving pivotal at Meridian live events, projects and expos, Pearce will never pass up the opportunity to meet and collaborate with the fans and admirers who continue to come out in record numbers to show support for the Olympic hero. And in the spirit of a true champion, Pearce utilizes her achievements to inspire and instruct future generations..

Whether she’s taking on her responsibilities as coach, as mother, as Olympian or as community leader, Christie Pearce takes on every challenge with the dedication of a superstar and the heart of a hero.

At K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, we treat each child as one of our own. With the region's first and most comprehensive pediatric program, we are committed to keeping children healthy by providing the highest quality of care. We're the area's go-to resource for experts in emergency and trauma, or for asthma, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, epilepsy, behavioral health, or neonatal care and surgery.


Christie Talks About Her Journey as a Mom and a Pro-Athlete

Christie's Biography


Christie Rampone is the Captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and is the first four-time Olympian in the history of the team. She has never finished lower than third place in any of the World Cup or Olympic tournaments in which she has competed.

Rampone is recognized as the best defender in the world of women’s soccer. With more than a decade and a half of experience under her belt, she has defined herself as the leader of the United States Women’s National Team, which remains the No.1 ranked team in the world. Christie is the ninth player in the Women’s National Soccer Team’s history to be named the team captain. Her leadership has paid dividends as she guided her team to Olympic Gold Medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Women’s World Cup. In addition, Christie has earned her 243 cap and ranks fourth all time on the Women’s National Soccer Team behind only Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly. Christie was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1975, but grew up in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. As a senior at Point Pleasant Boro High School, she was named New Jersey High School Female Athlete of the Year. Christie is still heralded as one of the finest athletes the state of New Jersey has ever produced. The Newark Star Ledger ranked her No.4 in their Top 50 High School Athletes of the 20th Century.After being highly recruited by nearly every major college in the country, Christie chose to attend Monmouth University. At Monmouth, Christie excelled as a three-sport athlete competing in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. In both 1995and 1996, she was voted the consensus Northeast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All Mid-Atlantic Region. She led Monmouth to two NEC championships, three ECAC Tournaments and finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in goals, assists, and points.