Julie Foudy On Eliminating Hazing
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Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, is a World Cup Soccer Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist. She played midfield for Team USA from 1987-2004, winning two World Cup titles and two Olympic Gold Medals. A 2007 inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, she now works as an ESPN Analyst and runs the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, teaching leadership skills to youth.
In this clip, Foudy talks about how to eliminate hazing in sports. While she sees the benefits of team bonding, she urges athletes to find an activity in which everyone involved will feel comfortable. When all team members are happily engaged in an activity, this can bring athletes closer and have a positive outcome.
Foudy also encourages players to speak up if they are uncomfortable. It's up to the individual players to stand up for themselves, and to show the strength of character needed to refuse to participate. Teams can make these decisions easier by eliminating negative team bonding rituals altogether, and by creating a culture of acceptance for different comfort levels.