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Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU
     

Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU

by Julie Foudy
 

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In Choose to Matter, Julie Foudy, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former captain of the US National team, takes you on a journey to discover your authentic self. This book is a roadmap to unleash that courageous YOU and have you singing your dreams out loud. Along with sharing stories from her playing days and personal experiences, Julie taps into the

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In Choose to Matter, Julie Foudy, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former captain of the US National team, takes you on a journey to discover your authentic self. This book is a roadmap to unleash that courageous YOU and have you singing your dreams out loud. Along with sharing stories from her playing days and personal experiences, Julie taps into the wisdom of other incredible female leaders including "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, soccer stars Mia Hamm and Alex Morgan, and Facebook superwoman and Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg. In her Leadership Academy, Julie encourages young women to find the leader that exists in all of them, whatever their personality or vocal chord strength might be. Complete with fun exercises and activities, Choose to Matter guides readers in all aspects of their lives. Julie believes every young woman has the power to be a leader who makes a positive impact. And it all starts by choosing to matter. So go ahead, start now. Because you can.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2017
Gr 8 Up—Olympic medalist and soccer star Foudy founded a sports academy to help girls develop leadership skills through soccer. It is from this program that Foudy mined her source material. She begins with an examination of self and moves outward to team, school, community, and life. Along the way, the author taps friends and colleagues to share their personal stories of leadership. These voices are quite varied and include a young Paralympic star with cerebral palsy, an Irish teen who did not become defeated when leading scientists told her that her experiments wouldn't work, journalist Robin Roberts, and soccer star Mia Hamm. Foudy offers easy exercises for readers and asks them to develop a "choose to matter" plan as a way to improve their community. The book is eye-catching, with whimsical design elements, and the text is written in an unaffected style that will not intimidate. VERDICT Large collections could use this title to foster leadership skills.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Avondale, LA
Kirkus Reviews
2017-03-06
Foudy, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in soccer, channels her connections and unfaltering positivity into a guide geared toward female athletes. With a breezy, conversational tone and lots of cheerful doodles and eye-catching changes in type, Foudy introduces her "empoweRINGs," a set of ideals represented as nested concentric circles. The core of these is "self," followed by "team," "school," "community," and, finally, the largest, outer ring of "life." Each of these areas is then further broken down into chapters, explored, and followed by a short activity for readers. Foudy calls upon an impressive list of successful and notable women, including Robin Roberts, Mia Hamm, and Sheryl Sandberg, and also some lesser-known but equally captivating figures such as teen scientist Sophie Healy-Thow and Taliban survivor Fahima Noori to share their stories, struggles, and personal insights. In addition, Foudy adds an abundant smattering of quotations, personal musings, and peppy slogans (like "So choose to Lead. Because you can" and "Bring it AND sing it") designed to inspire young girls. However, those not involved with sports may have a difficult time relating to both her optimism and anecdotes; for example her portion about school focuses largely on team dynamics in an athletic setting, only superficially examining such weighty issues as bullying, and offers little to help those grappling with other situations. Foudy's unrelenting sunniness may not illuminate everyone, but young athletes may find some empowerment here. (Nonfiction. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781368003384
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
05/02/2017
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
209,094
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Foudy is a retired American professional soccer midfielder who played for the United States women's national soccer team from 1987 through 2004. 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. She was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007. Julie's work off the field is even more important to her. She 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. Julie is the director and founder of the Julie Foudy Leadership Academy, a unique residential camp experience that uses sports as a vehicle to teach leadership skills for life. Julie also founded the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation whose 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. Julie is currently a reporter and analyst for ABC/ESPN, contributor and writer for espnW, motivational speaker, and proud mother of two children.