Houston News : Former Houston Dash soccer star Kealia Ohai out as grand marshal for Rodeo parade

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Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai (7) talking to teammates during the first half of the NWSL game against the Orlando Pride at BBVA Stadium on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Houston.

Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai (7) talking to teammates during the first half of the NWSL game against the Orlando Pride at BBVA Stadium on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Houston.

Photo: Yi-Chin Lee/Staff Photographer

Photo: Yi-Chin Lee/Staff Photographer

Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai (7) talking to teammates during the first half of the NWSL game against the Orlando Pride at BBVA Stadium on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Houston.

Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai (7) talking to teammates during the first half of the NWSL game against the Orlando Pride at BBVA Stadium on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Houston.

Photo: Yi-Chin Lee/Staff Photographer

Former Houston Dash soccer star Kealia Ohai out as grand marshal for Rodeo parade

Former Houston Dash soccer forward Kealia Ohai will no longer serve as grand marshal of the 2020 Downtown Rodeo Parade, rodeo officials said in a news release.

The news comes just two weeks after the soccer star was traded to the Chicago Red Stars for defender Katie Naughton.

“We were excited to have Kealia lead our 2020 Downtown Rodeo Parade and appreciated her willingness to be a part of our annual tradition,” Cowley said. “Kealia has made a tremendous contribution to the Houston community, and we hope she can be involved in the Rodeo in the future. We wish her all the best in Chicago with her new team — she will certainly be missed in Houston.”

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Officials with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo said that past and present Rodeo scholars will serve as grand marshals this year in place of Ohai. Those grand marshals include Ben Dickerson, Bill Sarpalius, Dr. Gregg Knape, Misty Skaggs, Sarah Brubaker, Jordan Pemberton, Yuselmy Garza and Ryan Levy.

The parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m.

Michelle Iracheta is a reporter in Houston. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | [email protected]



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