I just wanted to say thank you to everyone at JFSLA, once again Melanie has come home so excited and wishing is was time for camp again. However this year she was able to share it with her cousin and her aunt and they were thrilled. Her cousin Sydnie, came home and told her father, I want to go back next year, that’s all I want for Christmas, and my sister-in-law was very impressed and amazed at what an amazing young woman her goddaughter had become. Melanie did come home very sad however because next year is her last year, of course she made me promise I would come and see her, so I will. I also have to meet Amy, because that is really the only reason she goes back to Chicago every year. You have all been so wonderful to her, I cannot thank you all enough, she really loves going and has really learned so much from everyone there, it has turned her into a wonderful, giving, loving, caring, leader and individual. She is truly an amazing young woman and has been recognized at school and on the field as such. You really make a difference in these young women.
Her coach wanted the link to have Julie possibly make a visit, we will see if he goes forward with it, but he did tell Melanie that she really brought the team together and always kept their spirits up no matter what, she was a true leader. This made her realize just how much she had learned from JFSLA.
Being a single mom is always a struggle. I have raised three children while going back to school to get my masters and then gone back for another masters. I worked as a educator and was diagnosed with MS but continued to teach and currently getting another Masters. My children are my life and Melanie is my youngest, I cannot believe what an amazing individual she is. She has helped me get back and fight my disease and I now do a scaled down version of cross fit. She has inspired me, I am so proud of her, thank you for everything. I hope to see everyone next year in Chicago, especially Amy.
"We are a huge supporter of the JFSLA, as the week-long camp provides the girls with a solid foundation of leadership, confidence and passion for being a difference-maker. Each year we see our players return to our club changed for the better!"
Shane Carney, Director of Coaching, East Bay Eclipse.
“I’m proud to announce that SF Youth Soccer has become a VIP Partner with the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy. I cannot speak highly enough about the skills work, the integrated leadership and service components, or the commitment of Julie Foudy to girls in sport, particularly soccer.”
Scotty Kober: Executive Director, San Francisco Youth Soccer League.
“From a Club and parent perspective, Julie Foudy’s Leadership Soccer Camp was a great experience. The Foudy organization is well run and responsive to our Club members’ needs. As a parent, I sent my two daughters (ages 13 and 15) for the first time and both girls loved the real life experiences and soccer programs offered at the Camp.”
John Montagh: Board of Directors, ACC Mavericks.
- 2016/17 student responses to the question “How JFSLA has affected them”.
This camp has affected me in such a positive way. Every time I come back I love this camp even more. I love meeting new people and always have an amazing time. – Audrey Gregg
The camp really embraces failure, and that not only pushes me but makes me feel like I am not afraid to take risks.
This camp has made me a more confident person. I am not afraid to be myself or be the true me in front of others.
There are so many ways this camp has affected me. I always get a special boost of confidence when I do this camp and it really helps me. Also it teaches me to always believe in myself. The staff is amazing. -- Capen
This camp has made me aware that I am never alone. This past week has developed me into a better player and leader.
This camp has helped me realize that I can make a huge difference and it has taught me how to be confident.
Honestly, this camp has truly shaped who I am as a person. Coming into this camp I was shy and never thought I could be a leader, but throughout the years of coming back, I’ve learned a valuable lesson each time and broken out of my shell. I am not afraid to be the person I am. – Meg (Meg our 5 time returner)
This camp teaches me that girls can do anything.
This camp is about showing your energy to the world. I have always wanted to help my community but I didn’t know how until this camp taught us how to do that.
At first I was skeptical when Julie said this camp would change my life, but honestly, it absolutely did.
I came into this camp very shy, but this camp has honestly changed my life in the way that I think towards myself and towards others. I learned that a leader doesn’t always have to be the loud one or the outwardly confident one. I love this camp. It truly was life changing.
The staff is so welcoming and have made it such a judgement free and fun environment for all of us. They have helped me become more me.
The relationships between the staff and the girls is truly one of a kind. The sense of community and support allows me to be my best self and further increase my confidence. It is special to see the same girls every year and create relationships with newcomers. I love this camp so much! – Carly M. (returner from Cali)
Honestly, this is THE best camp I have ever been to. Everyone was so nice. Also, I made some of the best friends I will ever have. I feel more confident and have learned so many life lessons.
This camp helps me so much by putting a positive perspective on the world. I also learn how to lead in many ways and the right way for me. I don’t know what I’d do without this camp. Thank you! – Charlotte Toney
I feel like my vision on the world changed, not everything involved or includes me, and that’s okay. I feel like I have become a more generous person and more empowered as well.
I have realized that sometimes I can get upset or sad when a friend of mine ditches me for the “better slice of pie” but being at camp has made me realize to just be happy and enjoy life. Honestly, this camp changes the way I am and I love the person I am at this camp.
JFSLA makes me more confident in my abilities. I learn about being a leader and it always teaches me that no act of kindness is too small.
I feel so much more confident and empowered than I did before. I think I can do anything now.
This camp made me see life in a more positive way and I’m super pumped to go back home and try hard, fail, learn from it, then get back up again and do it even better.
I thank every single one of the staff members for affecting and influencing me in a major way. You guys helped me find lifelong friends. And, I learned to always try to step out of my comfort zone because it’s all about taking risks.
Before this camp, I was not really excited about soccer. It was just something I had been doing for years, so I kept doing it. This camp has renewed my excitement and made me want to be a better player.
This camp made me feel so much more confident in my soccer and made me realize I can be a leader without the captain’s armband.
This camp taught me to never give up.
This camp made me enjoy life again and was so much FUN!
This camp made me want to be myself around everyone and not be afraid.
The staff are all so kind and caring and fun and the program inspired me to use my voice to speak up for what I believe in.
The camp not only helped my soccer skills, but has also helped me get out of my comfort zone and try new things.
The camp has taught me how to be comfortable when I am uncomfortable.
This camp has shown me that you can make a difference in someone’s life just by giving your time.
I wrote my entire college essay on my leadership project that started here at JFSLA. This camp is a great reason I got into my college. This camp changed my life and taught me how to be a leader in life. – Jill (NJ multi returner)
I’ve never been this comfortable away from home anywhere and I’ve made amazing friends and had new experiences each year. I’m just endlessly grateful to be able to come as often as I do. – Shae
- 2015 attendees
- 2014 attendees
Subject: To all Who Made this Past Week Amazing...
Please forward this e-mail to all staff who made this past week at JFLA an amazing one for my daughter….
Before any time goes by and life gets busy, I have to write to you all.
My daughter, Shawn, had a remarkable, amazing, memorable week in Oak Brook. It was her first time at Julie Foudy, but I’m sure
it will not be her last. She’s hooked and so am I.
Until she just collapsed on the couch a minute ago, she hasn’t stopped talking since we picked her up.
She made friends whom she loves.
She worked hard.
She thought a lot.
She had so much fun.
There is nothing more that I can ask for as her mother and I want to thank you ALL for such a great program.
Your enthusiasm, skills, planning and dedication have made a difference in my daughter’s life, both on the soccer field and off.
It was a great week. Congratulations on a job well, well done.
Your vision is wonderful and it is becoming reality through the girls that you touch and inspire.
THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart. I know my kid was in excellent hands and had an experience that will be with her for a lifetime.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and keep up the good work with our future’s women……it’s good stuff.
Melanie arrived safely and is thrilled once again to be at camp, she loves going. I went to bed early last night and woke up to a text message from Melanie. I wanted to share because Julie and the entire staff, as well as Amy, have helped her as well. This is what she sent:
”Mom I just want to say thank u for sending me to JFSLA for all these years, honestly I wouldn’t be the person I am today if u hadn’t pushed me to try new things and to go to this camp...My first year I said about 5 words but this year, my 4th year I am a totally different person...I am not only helping girls out, but I hope I’m inspiring them to become great leaders...I even spoke today at the night session and wasn’t even nervous, I love u and u r the greatest mom in the world thank u for being amazing, luv u goodnight
Thank you so much, I had tears in my eyes after reading this.
JFSLA, Julie and staff
We are anxiously awaiting the start of another wonderful Chicago camp. I wanted to pass along a little story to you and Julie.
Yesterday Shannon graduated from 8th grade. We kind of laughed in that most kids growing up in the suburbs of Chicago finish 8th grade, so that in and of itself wasn’t too much of an accomplishment. Given that it is middle school, which I believe are the three hardest years of adolescence, they should have instead handed out survival badges!
They had a recognition ceremony for the kids and we were so proud to see Shannon receive two awards. The first was from the PE department - where she received the C.A.R.E award. This award was given to one boy and one girl who demonstrated care, attitude, responsibility and enthusiasm. She totally learned the enthusiasm part from Julie! The second award she received was the Thomas Alva Edison Leadership award. The name of her middle school is Edison Middle School. We were very proud of her for this recognition and are really grateful JFSLA taught her these skills and gave her so much support.
This past year, Shannon wanted to do a JFSLA project, but her confidence was a little shaky. She was sensitive to the amount of attention her diabetes project received and although she was proud, attention isn’t what a middle schooler wants when they walk down the halls. We watched her struggle with wanting to be her own person and let her light shine but also deal with the reality of middle school when kids can be really mean and it is a tough time of growing. She decided to tackle both problems with one project. She worked with her principal and a few friends and on a day off of school, they went in and covered the school with positive messages. They put over 700 notecards on the lockers and put up posters all over school with words of encouragement and praise. The girls decided to do this anonymously because they wanted to the focus to be on the messages and not on them. It took them two weeks to write the notecards and about 4 hours to plaster the school with their words of encouragement. I have attached a couple of pictures. Shannon told us, if just one kid heard the words they needed to hear on just one bad day, that was all that mattered to her. She knew she would never know which kid needed it and got it, but she was confident someone needed it and she wanted to make sure they got it.
In the fall, she is onto high school. She made the choice not to attend our local public school with all of her friends. Instead, she chose to attend our local private school with a little tougher academic standards and higher expectations. We know she will do great! We really can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for her thru JFSLA. You have given her the tools and the confidence to follow her heart. She has met so many wonderful role models on the staff. At such a critical time in her development, we are so blessed that she was able to learn from and witness so many people making the right choices. She regularly corresponds with Amy and we sit right behind her at the Chicago Red Stars games. Shannon really looks forward to seeing her at every home game. This summer Amy has invited her to come help at the Easter Seals and Shannon can’t wait. All of these blessings are because of JFSLA and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you for all you have done and know as you enter another busy, crazy summer - you are making a huge difference in the lives of everyone of your campers! My daughter would not be the person she is today without JFSLA and we are so proud! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Mary Beth Moran
Dear JFSLA staff
......More importantly, I wanted to just write you this short note to pass along her thanks (and mine). She had a fabulous and truly transformative experience this past week. I have to say that I’ve never before seen her so eager to share and talk about her experiences. She’s already informed us that next summer will be entirely organized around the JFSLA camp for her (and her sister)!
Anyway, thanks again for your help and flexibility with everything.
I hope you are well and continuing to enjoy your summer with your family. I wanted to let you know what a great experience the camp was for Kimberly. The day we got home she walked me through her journal without me even asking and showed me the videos that she watched during the main sessions. She also recently—in a very passionate way—pointed out that what she learned at camp is that the best way to give feedback is to have only one person give the feedback and to say the feedback nicely. I am so impressed by the fact that not only did she improve in her lacrosse skills she improved in her life skills.
Thank you again and hope to see you next year.
- 2013 attendees
From the bottom of my heart I would like to THANK The Century
Council and everyone else involved in helping to send me to the Julie Foudy
Leadership Academy in New Jersey! It was a great experience. This camp
taught me the importance of opening up and living outside of my comfort
zone, it helped to further instill in me the desire to make a difference in
my community and lastly it gave me the confidence to go make things happen
in my life and others.
This camp changed my outlook on life. I have attended a lot of camps and
this camp by far had the nicest people and biggest impact. I believe I've
made friends for a lifetime. Each days activities were based on a theme and
on Community day my group worked with the New Jersey Special Olympics. The
ages of the athletes spanned from 6 to 38. My group set up relays and a
scrimmage that we all participated in and had a blast with. The time spent
with the Special Olympians put a smile on their face and mine. Each of them
wanted our signature on the ball and shirt that they received so they would
always remember us. I loved camp so much that on my second day there I
mentioned to my mother that I'd love to return next year. The JFSLA is
something that I want to be apart of for years to come.
During the week we a have to come up with a "Choose to Matter" service
project that we will start in our own community once we return home. A
healthy lifestyle, child hood obesity and hunger are all things that are
important to me. I've decided to raise money to help fight childhood
hunger. I will donate this money to the organization No Kid Hungry. I plan
to get everyone around me involved in making this happen. I am so thankful
for each of you and the staff at the JFSLA for helping me to realize that I
can make a difference now! Thank you again!!
I just want to write and thank you for the wonderful week of camp. My daughter (Kerri Driscoll) had the best week. She enjoyed the camp and Julie so much. I was hoping you can let Julie know that Kerri came home from camp and has been so inspired by Julie and the entire camp. She has not stopped talking about camp and all the amazing things she learned. Thank you and we hope to be back next year. Amy Driscoll
We corresponded a few months ago when you kindly took the time to give me a quote about sports and leadership for a HuffPost piece I was writing on the topic. My daughters, Caroline and Noel Jones were at your New Jersey camp last week. They were initially skeptical, I think. But they rapidly overcame any hesitancy. I believe Noel's proudest possession at the moment is her photograph with you. Each day, the girls agreed before hand who would get the joy of telling my husband and I about what transpired, especially the surprise Skype call with Abby Wombach - a hotly contested reporting.
I write every day about "women's issues" (a phrase I actually try and avoid usually!) and try to make sure that all three of our girls are exposed to feminism, women's history, art, sports, etc. However, nothing my husband and I can say about these topics, or even the activism that I engage in daily, is as important as what you accomplish at your camp just by doing what you do and providing everyday role models of women who work hard and accomplish greatness and men who support their endeavours. I watched my older daughter, also an avid player and a dedicated fan, realize how slim the opportunities for girls are as they get older. It was sad to see her dawning realization of the marginalization that we experience in culture. Fighting the invisibility of women as you are is so crucial. Personally, I don't think it is possible to underestimate the effect on girls, of cultural erasure, as they leave the private sphere and enter the public. People are concerned about teen girls' eating disorders and depression. I think we should call a spade a spade and talk about anger and how to turn it into positive action and change. The girls are very excited about their projects, something that would never have happened at all if not for the vision and catalyst you and your staff provided.
So, thank you to you and your wonderful staff, for all you do!
I hope you are well and continuing to enjoy your summer with your family. I wanted to let you know what a great experience the camp was for Kimberly. The day we got home she walked me through her journal without me even asking and showed me the videos that she watched during the main sessions. She also recently--in a very passionate way--pointed out that what she learned at camp is that the best way to give feedback is to have only one person give the feedback and to say the feedback nicely. I am so impressed by the fact that not only did she improve in her lacrosse skills she improved in her life skills.
Thank you again and hope to see you next year.
I know I am sending this mid-camp week and things are probably hectic and you are running around. But I was wondering, when you had a chance, if you could pass this along to Julie and the rest of the staff.
My name is Mary Morrisey and I attended JFSLA for the past two years at Peddie. Recently my team won the CT State cup and we are headed to Regionals in RI tomorrow. This is very exciting, but I am not able to be at Peddie for my last year of camp which makes the whole experience very bitter sweet.
I first heard about JFSLA from my friend Alanna Lynch. I saw all her pictures she uploaded on Facebook and told my parents very sternly that I am going next year no matter what.
My anticipation was so high in the weeks leading up to the camp, and when the day came I was bouncing off the walls excited about the week ahead. Turns out I had no idea as to what was in store for me. That first year I learned so much about myself as a player, as a person and about the person I wanted to be. But it was not until last years camp when I truly began to understand everything I was being taught at the camp.
As a player my confidence was lacking because I was hardly playing on my new team and my coach and I did not see eye to eye. One of the first talks we heard was Leslie Osborne. She spoke about her experiences coming back from injuries, and dealing with the fact that she worked so hard for months at training camps, putting in everything she had, and was not picked for the team World Cup (I believe) Team. I related with her so much and was able to take a step back and look at myself as a player and realize that even the best players deal with the same issues. The only thing I could do was continue to work hard and keep improving as a player.
I was so grateful for my team last year. They were such a positive and inspiring group of girls. They made my experience unforgettable. I was pretty proud that three of the top four finalists from Peddie, I believe, were from team South Africa. Also the coaches I had were some of the most incredible women I have ever met. Sarah Strickland, Karli, and Carolyn were simply the best. They pushed us on the field, and in the classroom and really wanted the best out of all of us.
Meeting the girls from Magic Bus was easily one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I was lucky enough to have Projecta on my team and have all the girls living on my floor. They were some of the happiest, joyful people I have ever met. Some could barely speak English, yet they never let that hold them back. I am Facebook friends with all of them, so I am still able to see what is going on in their lives. Thank you for giving me that opportunity to meet them.
One of the most important things that JFSLA has done for me is foster in me a love for service. I go to a Catholic school and service hours are a required part of the curriculum. But I can honestly say, I used to look for the easiest way to get them done and I looked in the most unrewarding places. JFSLA has made me realize how inspiring and rewarding service is, if you do it with love. Working with the Special Olympics NJ soccer team last year was easily the highlight of my week. Because of my experiences at camp, service projects have become a huge part of my life. I am now a Vice President in the Special Olympics club at my school, and my friend and I are running a SO soccer camp at my school next month.
Over Spring Break, I was luck enough to have the opportunity to volunteer down in Clintwood, Virginia for a week helping to rebuild and repair houses of poverty stricken neighborhoods. This was one of the most rewarding experience of my life and it really made me put my life into perspective and realize how lucky we are.
One last service 'project' I am extremely proud of, is being chosen as a Youth Ambassador for the Get in Touch Foundation. The Get in Touch Foundation is an organization whose goal is to help educate young girls on Breast Cancer Awareness and how to do breast self exams. I have taken on this position and done my JFSLA Project with this organization. I held a Get In Touch PINK Day at my school and raised money for the organization. It is such an incredible organization run by an incredible woman, and I am so happy and lucky to be apart of it.
Being around such positive role models at the camp has made me want to strive to be the type of people that you all are. Some times when I see Julie on ESPN, I think, "Wow, I hung out with her and played with her children." Or I think about how I was chatting with Leslie on the couch one day. But it is not the fact that they are famous and have incredible careers, it is their hearts and kindness that I want to emulate.
JFSLA has made me realize that we cannot live our lives passively. We cannot sit back and watch as our lives go by, not being active members in them. I am going to be really cheesy and use my schools motto right now: Privilege and Responsibility. It was a privilege to attend this camp, and now it is my responsibility to go and and use the things I learned in my life. I hope I have done this and continue to do this every day.
I am sorry this was very long and dragged out, but I did not not know to express my gratitude properly. I cannot thank everyone involved with JFLA enough for making me into the young lady I am today. I hope to come back a help at the camp one day. Wish I could be there this week.
Marnie and Julie, thanks for the wonderful updates throughout the week. Victoria was smiling from ear to ear and could not say enough about what a wonderful experience she had!
Valerie Gray Francois
From Fabienne Vidal, mother of Melanie Jelen
I wanted to thank everyone, once again, for yet another great camp. Melanie has not stopped talking about her week. The highlights, Easter seals, Amy's speech and the ride to the airport with Julie. She loves going to camp and can't wait till next year. She's all set with her community service project and can't wait to share it with her classmates. The enthusiasm for helping others and the leadership skills she brings back, have helped her grow into an amazing young woman. As her mom I notice the change but when everyone around her notices, it's incredible what everyone has done for her and all the other young girls. Thank you so much.
I am writing to thank you and your organization for creating and maintaining the Choose to Matter Contest. My nine year old daughter was one of the very lucky people who benefitted from this charitable event.
A special young lady, Melanie Jelen, chose to support the non-profit organization Children's Tumor Foundation which conducts research on Neurofibromotosis (NF). I am hoping that in my daughter's lifetime, a cure for NF will be found. It is an organization like yours and leaders like Melanie that will make this happen. I feel blessed that my daughter and her disorder were recognized by so many through the course of this contest. Awareness is an important step to finding a cure! I hope the Julie Foudy Leadership Academy and the Children's Tumor Foundation continue to help those in need.
With sincere thanks,
My daughter, Julianna Lignowski, just attended your camp in Chicago last week via a scholarship. I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the wonderful opportunity you have given to her. She really enjoyed her week with you guys. She is still talking about all the people she met and things she learned and can't wait to start working on her project. Just wanted you to know you made her summer!! Thanks so much........
My daughter, Claire Martin, was at the Chicago camp. She absolutely loved the camp, and hasn't stopped talking about all the things learned and the people she met. She is looking forward to her starting her project. I would like to thank you so much for everything. I believe it will prove to be a life changing experience and I sincerely hope Claire will be a part of the camp again next year.
Marnie – my daughter (Lola McAllister) LOVED camp last week! THANKS! The girls are already scheming about returning next summer (including winning the World Cup again)… Thanks so much. Again, our girls LOVED the camp and we hope to see you
next year. Have a great year!
- 2012 Attendees
I attended JFSLA at Peddie for 4 years in a row, but unfortunately I could not make it to camp this year, but I still want to say thank you. When my dad first signed me up for JFSLA when I was 12, I argued and screamed and yelled asking him to let me stay home. I was nervous and I didn't know anyone else who would be attending camp that year. I am now 16 and I thank my lucky stars that my dad forced me to go to camp that year. To put it simply JFSLA changed my life. When I came back after my first week everyone noticed a change, from my parents to my coaches. I was more motivated and generally a much happier person. Today camp still influences me everyday. I now strive to be the best I can possibly be in everything I do. JFSLA has undoubtedly shaped me as a person, and I would not be who I am today if I had never showed up 5 years ago. Camp (and of course Girl Talk) also helped me steer clear of alcohol and drugs. I remember the moment during Julie's speech 3 years ago when I made the final decision that I would not drink, and I have stayed true to that. So, I could not thank you and the rest of the amazing staff enough for guiding me in everything I do. I have learned so much in the 4 weeks I spent at camp and I would do anything to be there right now. Hopefully there will be a way I can make it to camp next year for one last week as a camper. I hope every girl at JFSLA this year can feel some of the magic that I felt when everyone at camp got up and sang "Lean on Me" together, one of the many priceless moments I had the privilege to experience at camp. Finally a special thanks to Julie, one of my greatest role models, for showing me and so many other girls who have come through JFSLA that they too can be leaders.
Hi Julie: I just wanted to express my deepest thanks to you and your husband for what you do for these kids. I had the opportunity to speak to a few parents yesterday and this year my daughter and her friend had yet another friend and member of their team attend and ALL parents are of the same feeling on this camp. It is just so worth it! What you said yesterday to the parents that it is your wish to have someone say "this week changed my life" I'm sure will be true. However, remember this, most of these girls will not go on to play professional or even college soccer, but what you give to them they will definitely carry with them the rest of their life and this is what us as parents see in the week they spend at your camp. Also, you may not change a girl's life but you most certainly ENHANCE their prospectives and promote them to be the best person they can be. As with my daughter, well I notice a huge change in her and in discussing the camp this morning I can see how it has effected her. The girls from the Magic Bus had a big impact on the 3 girls from the Poconos as well as I'm sure the other girls. It really showed them the other side of life. It's one thing to read it in a book but to actually talk to the person who lives it, well that is just priceless!
My daughter would like to say that her coaches (Colette and Chris) were awesome and she hopes they will be back next year!
So in closing I just want to thank you again for all you are doing for these girls and we'll see you next year!!!!
mother of Mariana Azevedo
2nd year returner
All of you are amazing! Truly. You ladies should be so proud of what you have built for the little ladies of today's society. Everyone one of YOU did your job brilliantly. You all did it with a genuine smile that made the girls and their families feel comfortable. From the moment we got to Peddie, which I think her name is Erin??? blonde lady with the cutiest little baby on her hip. She went out of her way to find you and knew we were coming late on Sunday and was prepared to see us. Katie, who was so ready to help Jacqueline get squared away and make sure Jacqueline did all her meds. Also, Jac said Sarah was also so helpful with Jacqueline's meds. To the counselors that had to combat the creatures that visited Caroline and Erin's dorm room and put them at ease. Not an easy job. To all the trainers, Jac enjoyed the soccer end of the Camp and said she learned tons. But most importantly, Jac truly enjoyed the leadership part of the Camp. Jacqueline could not wait to show me her notes she had taken over the week. She loved listening the Leslie Osborn and her journey to the Olympics. Jacqueline has come home from camp wanting to be a better human being. So many life lessons. One quote I loved for Jacqueline's age group was something like "Someone is not your best friend until you can trust them". Can't tell you how many times I share with Jacqueline that "actions speak louder than words". But to hear them from Julie Foudy, they are stuck in her brain forever. As you know, us moms are not cool and really are not sure if they are listening when we speak.
As a mother of three girls, We LOVED THE LEADERSHIP PART. In today's society where everything is technology. (Which we know is a good thing as we lived for those nightly videos. Especially when Jacqueline was homesick the first night and we were second guessing ourselves on whether we should have sent her until we saw the smiles on her face during the day. Those nightly videos are the BEST!!!!!) But, I believe kids forget what it is like to have a face to face conversation with someone. Everything is texting. I loved how you had them do public speaking, how to greet someone hello with a handshake and a smile looking someone in the face. The simple things that we take for granted as that is how we had to grew up. Yes, us old people over 40.
Julie, Thank You for taking time out of your very busy life to put this camp together. You are a true gem. The kids just truly adore you. Your staff looks like they adore you as well. From an outsider looking in, it seems that YOU make them feel so comfortable and at ease. That easiness rolls over to the kids. Hope that makes sense and I just did not ramble. Also, thank you for giving Jacqueline that inspiration award. Presently, she does take good care of herself but our fear is that when she hits the teenage years she will be too busy socially that taking care of herself will be put on back burner. Hopefully, looking at that autographed Hot Pink cleat will remind her....
Bottom line, Thank You for giving Jacqueline the Gift to be a better human being on this planet earth. Oh yes, and want to be a better soccer player as well.
We would like to thank you and the rest of the staff at last weeks camp for all your help in making Rebecca experience amazing. Rebecca mentioned that it was her best soccer camp she ever attended. Coming from a 16 year old who is somewhat reserved, that's a huge complement!
I haven't seen (Rebecca) so happy and she already mentioned that she would like to return next year!
When you have a chance, please thank Julie and the rest of the staff for creating an incredible experience for Rebecca and the other campers.
From the bottom of my heart I would like to THANK The Century Council and everyone else involved in helping to send me to the Julie Foudy Leadership Academy in New Jersey! It was a great experience. This camp taught me the importance of opening up and living outside of my comfort zone, it helped to further instill in me the desire to make a difference in my community and lastly it gave me the confidence to go make things happen in my life and others.
This camp changed my outlook on life. I have attended a lot of camps and this camp by far had the nicest people and biggest impact. I believe I've made friends for a lifetime. Each days activities were based on a theme and on Community day my group worked with the New Jersey Special Olympics. The ages of the athletes spanned from 6 to 38. My group set up relays and a scrimmage that we all participated in and had a blast with. The time spent with the Special Olympians put a smile on their face and mine. Each of them wanted our signature on the ball and shirt that they received so they would always remember us. I loved camp so much that on my second day there I mentioned to my mother that I'd love to return next year. The JFSLA is something that I want to be apart of for years to come.
During the week we a have to come up with a "Choose to Matter" service project that we will start in our own community once we return home. A healthy lifestyle, child hood obesity and hunger are all things that are important to me. I've decided to raise money to help fight childhood hunger. I will donate this money to the organization No Kid Hungry. I plan to get everyone around me involved in making this happen. I am so thankful for each of you and the staff at the JFSLA for helping me to realize that I can make a difference now! Thank you again!!
Hi Marnie... Kristina Ruble had the best time.. she cannot wait to come again and her younger sister is dying to go now too! Thank you so much for allowing her to experience this camp. She said it is the most moving experience in her life so far! Can't get better than that!
My husband & I, along with our friends' whose daughter is Alexis' roomie, were quite impressed with coaches you introduced today. Not just because of their athletic credentials but because they are such excellent role models for our young daughters. They were moms, teachers, scholars, philanthropists, world travelers, etc. It shows our girls that they can be anything they choose when they work hard towards their dreams & goals.
Of course, please share my comments w/your staff as needed. In fact, once Lex's soccer practice resumed, she commented that the camp really helped her with strategic positioning, thinking about the next move, etc.
We've already recommended JFSLA to some of her teammates & friends on other teams, so we hope to be back next year!