This morning I had the opportunity to speak with USA soccer champion Julie Foudy via satellite from New York City. Some of you may not be familiar with Foudy, but her accomplishments both on and off the soccer field have helped to shape the landscape and future of athletics for women.
Foudy has proven to be a true leader in every sense of the word. She is a former USA Women’s Soccer Team Captain, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time World-Cup Champion and is a member of the US National Soccer Hall of Fame. Since retiring from the USA Women’s Soccer Team in 2004, she has devoted herself to making a difference in the lives of young girls. In 2006 she founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation.
Her message this morning was the importance of encouraging young women in their daily lives. Foudy is encouraging us to step up and make a difference in young girls’ lives as part of the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem. On Thursday, October 20th Foudy will be available for interviews to encourage women to participate in the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend (October 21 – 23) and inspire all girls to reach their full potential.
Remarkably, Foudy tells me in a study done by the people at Dove only 4% of young women see themselves as beautiful. She is asking everyone to spend one hour this weekend with the special young ladies in your lives and talk to them about how important they are and to encourage them to achieve their goals.
If you visit Dove.com you can access free tools and exercises to help you get the conversation started to build self-esteem in the young girls in your lives.
You can also take action on your social media sites. Women can answer the question “Who Inspired You” on Dove online channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Dove.com, to honor the positive impact someone had on their life. When women share their story, Dove will make $1 donation to support self-esteem education in the U.S.
Foudy says she still draws on skills she obtained from playing sports even though she has been retired from USA soccer since 2004. She says parents should get their daughters involved in athletics because of all the things they can learn from the experience. Foudy says it doesn’t have to be at a high level, but just the experience of learning to work with a team and setting goals will serve them well in the future.
You can contact Julie Foudy through her leadership foundation.
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