In honor of our 20th Anniversary, The Century Council is proud to honor and highlight people who make a difference in our 20 People to Watch.
Julie Foudy is the former Captain of the US Women's National Team, where she served as captain for 13 of her 17 years with the team. Julie participated in four Women's World Cups and three Olympics for the USA Team. 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 272 international appearances (caps) for the USA. Her 272 caps rank third in the world all-time, male or female.
In 2006, Julie launched the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA). JFSLA is a residential academy aimed at revealing the different kinds of leadership that exists to its students both on and off the field. “I’ve always been inspired by people who set the standard and don’t just follow the standard,” says Julie. “I would like to change the mindset of the young kids who don’t believe they have the skill set to be a leader, which is what we are doing.”
Julie has served as a member for the Commission on Title IX, appointed by President Bush and Secretary Paige. She has been honored numerous times for her work on behalf of Title IX. Most recently, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Smith College in 2005 and was honored by the National Women's Law Center. 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.
We invite you to learn more about Julie and the work she has done.