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SOURCE The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy
Four Young Women and One Mother/Daughter Team to Join Julie Foudy on Trip to ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World® and Earn Role as Youth Leader at the Special Olympics Florida Summer Games
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, in conjunction with National Women's History Month-Julie Foudy and the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (JFSLA) are proud to introduce the grand prize winners of the 2012 JFSLA Choose to Matter Contest: Kate Walner (JFSLA California); Shannon Moran (JFSLA Illinois); Emily Jurcsek (JFSLA New Jersey), Elizabeth and Katie Overberg (Mother/Daughter); and Amber Abernathy (Girl Talk). Thanks to the generous support from Disney Sports Enterprises and The Century Council, these young women (plus a parent/guardian) will join Julie Foudy on an all-expense-paid trip in May 2013 which will include a 4-day, 3-night stay at the Walt Disney World® All-Star Sports Resort; a 3-day park-hopper pass to the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks; and a role as a youth leader at Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games happening at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Out of the 69 submitted service projects, the winning projects included: raising funds for a safe and accessible baseball field and all-inclusive playground for kids with special needs; hosting book drives for inner city schools; educating kids about diabetes prevention; fundraising to help families fighting cancer; and delivering powerful messages to teens to say no to gun violence. The JFSLA Choose to Matter Contest celebrates young women who are passionate leaders and empowers them to choose to make a difference in the lives and communities around them.
"Today we celebrate not only the achievements of the contest winners, but recognize and applaud all of the extraordinary young women and mother/daughter teams who created and implemented service projects," said Julie Foudy, former captain of the USA Women's Soccer team and founder of JFSLA. "We are incredibly moved and so proud that they are leaders of action and service. Through JFSLA and the Choose to Matter Contest, these young leaders will inspire more young women to be positive change makers."
To enter the contest, girls from Julie Foudy's three Sports Leadership Academies (California, Illinois, and New Jersey), JFSLA partner Girl Talk, as well as mom and daughter teams from across the U.S., were invited to create and implement community service projects. Projects were submitted online from December 15, 2012 through January 15, 2013. From February 8 through February 15, America voted online for their favorite projects to help determine finalists in each category. A panel of celebrity judges, including Laura Gentile (VP, espnW), Haley Kilpatrick (Founder/ED, Girl Talk), Leslie Kimball (VP, Communications, The Century Council), Angela Ruggiero (Ice Hockey Olympian), and Julie Foudy chose the grand prize winners based on the following three criteria: 1) understanding of their project issue, 2) innovation and creativity, and 3) impact.
Changing the World. . . One Leadership Project at a Time
The Grand Prize Winners
Kate Walner (age 14) from Lafayette, CA. (JFSLA California)
Shannon Moran (age 12) from Wheaton, IL. (JFSLA Illinois)
Emily Jurcsek (age 16) from Edison, NJ. (JFSLA New Jersey)
Elizabeth (age 9) and Katie Overberg from Ankeny, Iowa (The Century Council Mother/Daughter Category)
Amber Abernathy (age 17) from Atlanta, GA. (Girl Talk)
To read about the runner up and honorable mention awarded projects in each category, plus all the amazing service projects entered in the Choose to Matter Contest, please visit www.juliefoudyleadership.com . Julie and the JFSLA would like to thank Disney Sports and The Century Council for their support of the contest, as well as Contest media partners: espnW and NBC Bay Area.
Choose to Matter by Saluting the Winners
Follow the JFSLA on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to help congratulate these incredible women and celebrate their projects. Become a fan of the Choose to Matter Contest, and get updates on the girls in Florida this May 16-19, 2013, along with the latest information on the upcoming 2013 Choose to Matter Contest and 2013 Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academies, by visiting the JFSLA website.
JFSLA: Jennifer Hwang and Dana Young, email@example.com, 415-420-3259, 415-378-7998
The Century Council: Leslie Kimball, KimballL@centurycouncil.org, 202-637-0077
Girl Talk: Jennifer Grizzle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-409-1152
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