Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain Lead U.S. Department of State Efforts to Engage and Empower Girls in Brazil

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 16, 2013

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and U.S. Soccer announced today that Olympic Gold Medalists and World Cup champions Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain will travel to Brazil, May 19 – 26. They will empower young female athletes through soccer clinics and discussions on the importance of education and inclusion, as well as health and wellness. These sports diplomacy programs build on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights and participation of women and girls around the world.

In São Paulo, Chastain and Foudy will work with Rosana dos Santos Augusto, a member of the Brazilian Women's National Team, to lead more than 125 girls from underprivileged communities, 7-17 years old, in soccer clinics throughout the week. In addition, they will train 60 coaches on how to better involve girls in soccer, meet with local government officials to discuss the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and draw upon the lessons of the landmark U.S. law, Title IX – which afforded opportunity and equality for American women in sports and education. This Sports Envoy program will be hosted in partnership with Social Services of Commerce (SESC), a network of top quality community centers that provides cultural and sports programs for low income communities throughout Brazil.

Foudy is a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls and has served as the President of the Women's Sports Foundation. Foudy and Chastain were former teammates on the United States Women's World Cup Team and U.S. Olympic Team.

The Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative aims to increase the number of women and girls involved in sports. It is comprised of three pillars: sports envoys (American athletes who travel overseas); sports visitors (youth athletes and coaches who travel to the United States); and the cornerstone of the initiative, the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

For more information, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov.

PRN: 2013/0572