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Julie Foudy    

Sports Commentator; Retired Captain of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team; Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Julie Foudy had a sensational soccer career while playing on the USA National Team for 17 years. She is the former Captain of the US Women's National Team and was a captain for 13 of her 17 years with the team. Julie participated in four Women's World Cups and three Olympics for Team USA. She is a two-time World Cup Champion, and she is also a 1996 Olympic Gold medalist, 2000 Olympic Silver medalist, and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist.

Julie finished her National Team career with 45 goals, 59 assists, and 273 international appearances (caps) for the USA. Her 273 caps rank fifth in the world all-time, male or female. Julie also played all three years as Captain with the WUSA's San Diego Spirit. She was a four-time All-American at Stanford University and inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame. In 2015, Julie was named the Pac-12 Soccer Player of the Century. While at Mission Viejo High School, Julie won three CIF Championships and three CIF Player of the Year awards and was voted the Los Angeles Times' High School Player of the Decade for the 80's.

What's most important to Julie is to make a difference off the field as well. She was accepted into Stanford University's Medical School but decided not to pursue a career in medicine. Julie was the President of the Women's Sports Foundation from 2000-2002. She served on the Women's Sports Foundation Board of Directors for seven years and was a WSF advocacy consultant for two years, with a focus on Title IX, childhood obesity, and athletes' rights issues.

Julie also served on the Board of Directors for the WUSA (the professional women's soccer league) as the Player Representative. She currently sits on the board of Athletes for Hope (AFH), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization created by successful athletes who have a deep commitment to charitable and community causes. Julie is an espnW Advisory Board Member, a Positive Coaching Alliance Advisory Board Member, a Steel Sports Inc Advisory Board Member, and served as a global spokeswoman for Global Girl Media, a non-profit helping young women around the world find their voice through journalism.

Julie also has been instrumental in several women's rights and child labor issues around the world. The world governing body of soccer, FIFA, awarded her the FIFA Fair Play Award, making her the first woman, and American, to receive the honor for her work against child labor in the stitching of soccer balls.

Julie was nominated by President Bush and Secretary Paige to serve as a member for the Commission on Title IX and has been honored numerous times for her work on behalf of Title IX. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Smith College in 2005 and also from Pacific Lutheran University in 2022.

Julie was named as one of the "100 Most Influential NCAA Student-Athletes." The NCAA defines the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes as those who have made a significant impact or major contributions to society. In 2018, Julie also received the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in recognition of her collegiate and professional achievements. Julie was inducted in the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007, alongside longtime teammate and friend, Mia Hamm. Julie and Mia were only the 6th and 7th women ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and the first and only ALL FEMALE induction class.

Julie founded the Julie Foudy & espnW Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) in 2006, along with her husband, Ian Sawyers. The JFSLA is a unique residential camp experience that uses sports as a vehicle to teach leadership skills for life. In 2006, Julie also founded the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation (JFLF), a non-profit, 510(c)3 public charity. The Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation's mission is: Building on a foundation of sports and fitness, we empower young women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become leaders who positively impact their communities.

She is an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning reporter and analyst for ESPN/ABC, and a contributor and writer for espnW. Starting in 2023, she also does color commentary and studio for all USWNT soccer games with Warner Bros Discovery Sports group, on TNT and HBOMax. She also called all USWNT soccer games for NBC’s Olympic coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2013, she produced and narrated a documentary for ESPN Films called 'The 99ers'. Using footage shot by Julie during the US team's journey to win the Women's World Cup in 1999, 'The 99ers' is a behind-the-scenes glimpse at that historical event. Foudy launched her ESPN podcast "Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy" in March of 2019 and it is the top-ranked podcast focusing on women in Sports on Apple Podcasts. Julie has interviewed trailblazing women such as Billie Jean King, Simone Biles, Mia Hamm, Robin Roberts, and Katie Ledecky, to name a few. By October of 2021, with 65 episodes available, Laughter Permitted had already been downloaded over 2.25 million times. Laughter Permitted is a fun, thoughtful, candid conversation with trailblazers in sports about the joy/chaos of life and sports. Laughter -- and donuts -- permitted.

Julie wrote a book for teenage girls and young women on leadership, titled Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU. The book was published by Disney and espnW and released in May of 2017.

Julie is a founding co-owner of the female majority-owned and operated women's professional soccer team in Los Angeles, called Angel City FC, which began play in the NWSL in 2022. She is also a founding athlete and investor in a youth sports app called MOJO, launched in February of 2021. She is an investor and advisor with League Apps, a youth sports management platform, and Goal Five, a mission based women’s sports apparel company. Julie is also a motivational speaker, seeker of great adventures, wanna-be beach volleyball and pickleball professional player (emphasis on wanna-be), proud mother of two children, Izzy and Declan, and the best chocolate-chip pancake maker in the entire universe (source: Izzy and Dec).

A woman of strong conviction, Julie was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1997 for her work against child labor. She is the past President of the Women's Sports Foundation and was recently named by The Sporting News as one of the "Most Powerful People" in sports. In 2006, Julie Foudy and her husband launched The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy. The Academy offers week-long programs for girls ages 12-18 and weaves together soccer instruction along with leadership training. She is also a contributing editor for Self magazine, an analyst for ABC/ESPN and most recerntly covered the 2008 Beijing Olympics for NBC.

In her presentations, Julie shares her experiences of her stellar career as well as her formula for success both on the field and in life. She discusses her path to Olympic Gold and the commitment and perseverance it takes to be a champion. Julie shares what it takes to be an effective leader, the importance of teamwork and motivation and how to overcome obstacles in order to achieve your goals. Julie Foudy is a pioneer in her sport and an outstanding role model for all.


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