JFSLA 2012 "Choose To Matter" Contest Winners SHINE at the SPECIAL OLYMPICS at ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS at WALT DISNEY WORLD
Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) Grand Prize Winners of Second Annual "Choose to Matter" Contest
Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) Grand Prize Winners … SYS.CON MEDIA
Five Young Women and One Mother/Daughter Team Joined Julie Foudy during their Winner's Trip to ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World® and Serve as Youth Leaders at the Special Olympics Florida Summer Games
HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR CONTEST ENTRANTS & VOTERS, THE CENTURY COUNCIL, McDONALD'S, ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD, THE FLORIDA SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND PUMA.
Women's Soccer & Lacrosse LEGENDS join Julie for Summer 2013!
TEAM BUILDING SPECIALISTS FOR 2013
Dr Hacker also served as the Mental Skills Coach for the Olympic Field Hockey Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. In addition to her work with National Teams, Dr. Hacker serves as the mental skills coach to professional, international and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports including Major League Baseball, the NFL, WNBA, WPS professional soccer, swimming, crew, speed skating, track and field, field hockey and tennis.
Kelly played and coached professionally in the WUSA and WPS. She also has collegiate experience as both a Head Coach and Assistant Coach at top Division 1 Colleges, Including Colorado, Texas, St Mary's and Cal. Berkeley.
Kelly currently is a healthy living and life skills coach in the Chicago area.
THE 2012 JFSLA "CHOOSE TO MATTER" CONTEST
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
runners up and honorable mention!
PLEASE CLICK ON A CATEGORY BELOW TO FIND OUT WHO HAS WON AN ALL-EXPENSES PAID TRIP TO DISNEYWORLD!
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
We believe The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy is unique because we not only develop better soccer and lacrosse players, but most importantly, the girls leave INSPIRED to… "be the change they wish to see in the world."
As we are about to embark on our 8th year of the JFSLA (wow, Izzy was not even born when we started this wonderful journey), I think back to the many people I am grateful for who are associated with our Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA). First, I am grateful to the girls who come every summer and make us laugh, celebrate, and beam with pride. I am thankful that we have a passionate, large base of supporters and staff who constantly encourage us to do more…like ADD Lacrosse at our New Jersey location this summer of 2013. We know we found a great leader and role model in Jen Adams coupled with lacrosse stars, Katie Chrest, Dana Dobbie and Randall Goldsborough. (Although I talk a good game, do NOT let me grab a lacrosse stick. Or at least stand 20 yards away.)
I am also grateful for Disney Sports Enterprises and The Century Council for allowing us to put on our 2nd annual JFSLA Choose to Matter Contest. Not only do the girls who come to our Academies get well deserved recognition for the great service they are doing in their communities, they can also win a 4 day FREE trip to DisneyWorld to act as a youth leader in The Special Olympic Florida Games happening at ESPN's Wide World of Sport. And for the first time, the contest is now open to the PUBLIC. Mothers and daughters can team up together to do community service and all they have to do is tell us about it. Izzy inspired me to kick it all off by selling her barbie dolls (true story, much to my delight).
The contest was founded with one idea in mind. How do we help give girls the tools to unlock their potential for greatness, both on the field and in life. We use sports as the conduit, but also a lot of laughter, energy, and leadership skills training.
The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy is a six-day sports leadership residential academy for girls ages 12-18. Our aim is to give our students the best of both worlds: they learn soccer or lacrosse from some of the best women's players in the world, AND they are exposed to a multitude of leadership concepts they will cultivate for life.
For more detail on the philosophy and curriculum behind the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, please go to Academy Philosophy and Academy Curriculum.
The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy is unique because we not only develop better soccer and lacrosse players, but most importantly, the girls leave INSPIRED to be the change they wish to see in the world (thank you Ghandi for that wonderful quote).
I continue to believe the girls describe it best. Here are a few direct quotes from JFSLA girls about the impact of our week together:
“I have become more confident, better at controlling my nerves, performing under pressure, and being thankful for the life I’m living.” -- Kelsie
“It has made me more confident and vocal on the soccer field. I feel like a stronger player and person.” -Maddie
“Both times I’ve been to this camp, I’ve been inspired and because of it, I want to be something more. It helps me to become more comfortable in some not-so-comfortable situations and it makes me want to make a difference in the world. “ -- Hannah
“It taught me a lot about not having to be a star to be a leader.” -- Haley
“This is my first time coming here and let me tell you I had so much fun here. I didn’t want to leave here I had so much fun!” – Kimberly
“It has taugh me to be more courageous and to not care what other people think because being ‘cool’ isn’t always the right way to fit in. Be yourself!” -- Molly
For more quotes and testimonials, please click here.
At the JFSLA, we have always believed that you do not need a gold medal or a captain’s arm band to lead. Leadership is personal, not positional. We can ALL make a positive difference in this world. The choice is yours so as we say at the Academy, CHOOSE TO MATTER!
And equally important, as I learned while playing for the Women’s National Team… LOVE what you do! Laughter permitted.
Hope to see you this summer!
Former Captain of the USA Women's Soccer Team
National Hall of Fame inductee 2007
Olympic Gold Medalist 1996, 2004
Olympic Silver (white gold) Medalist 2000
Two time World Cup Champion (1991 and 1999)
17 year veteran of National Team