Julie Foudy to be Inducted into CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame
June 25, 2007
San Diego, Calif. - Stanford's Julie Foudy, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal-winner women's soccer player, joins an astronaut, a physician, a former major league baseball player with three World Series rings and an Air Force major as inductees in the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Hall of Fame for 2007. Ceremonies will be held in San Diego on July 1.
Considered one of the finest women's soccer players in history, Foudy, class of 1993, is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner and a former five-year captain of the United States women's national soccer team who has also distinguished herself off the pitch. Later this summer, the native of Mission Viejo, Calif. will be enshrined in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Foudy, a two-time high school All-America, made a mark for herself at Stanford from 1989-92, earning All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America all four years. She was the 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year, was a two-time Hermann Trophy finalist, and was a member of the GTE Academic All-America soccer team as a senior.
After graduating with a degree in biology, Foudy was accepted into the Stanford Medical School, but elected to pursue a career as a professional athlete instead. She played a total of 17 years with the U.S. national team before retiring after the 2004 season, and her 271 lifetime caps ranks third in world soccer history.
Foudy's playing career was highlighted by Olympic gold in both 1996 and 2004, and helping the U.S. to Women's World Cup titles in both 1991 and 1999. In addition, she won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics, and was a founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association, playing three seasons with the San Diego Spirit.
Now a broadcaster for ESPN, Foudy has also been involved in a number of causes involving women's rights and fair labor. She has been President of the Women's Sports Foundation, has fought to stop changes to Title IX, and recently created the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy. That organization teaches students how to be a leader on the field and a leader in life.
The five inductees will join 93 previous inductees since the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame held its first induction in 1988. CoSIDA established the Hall of Fame to honor former college student-athletes who have excelled in their professions and made substantial contributions to their communities.