Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces Inspirational Book by Former U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Captain and ESPN Correspondent, Julie Foudy

Choose to Matter: Your Guide to Being Courageously YOU is the first book in the new ESPN and espnW imprint

Los Angeles, CA (October 13, 2016) —Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the release of soccer legend and ESPN/espnW correspondent, Julie Foudy’s first book. Choose to Matter, on sale May 2, 2017, is a guide to leadership and empowerment for girls and young women everywhere. Choose to Matter is the first book from DPW’s new ESPN imprint, which will focus on athletes of all ages and backgrounds. Additionally, it will be dedicated to creating new book properties as well as co-developing content that could span formats from books to television and supporting existing programming on ESPN.

Choose to Matter is for the teenage girl starting her journey or for the woman at a critical fork in her journey. It’s for everyone and anyone who needs a little push to find courage, motivation, and confidence. Life lessons from Julie and other inspiring women espouse the values of dreaming out loud, laughing often, and finding joy in all aspects of life. These diverse women share their journeys of growth so that other young women can live courageously as well. The interviewees include: Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, Facebook COO and founder of Leanin.org Sheryl Sandberg, soccer superstars Mia Hamm and Alex Morgan, softball star and ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza, 17-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden, UCLA softball coaching legend Sue Enquist, and award-winning teenage Irish scientist and philanthropist Sophie Healy Thow. For over 11 years with the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, Julie encourages young women to find their voice, think differently, and empower others. This book serves as a hands-on guide to help young women celebrate the courageous leader that lives in all of us. And yes, laughter permitted.

Choose to Matter is available for pre-order wherever books are sold.

About the Author
Julie Foudy is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time World Cup Champion, former captain and midfielder for the United States women’s national soccer team from 1987 through 2004. She founded The Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy which is a unique, transformational Soccer and Lacrosse camp for girls 12-18 years old. A lover of donuts, bad dancing, and people who give back to others, Julie is the mother of two, Izzy and Declan.  Visit her online at @juliefoudy on Twitter!  #ChooseToMatter

About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, igniting imagination through storytelling in ever-inventive ways. DPW creates and publishes books and magazines both vertically in-house and through an extensive worldwide licensing structure. As a leader in digital products, DPW creates best-selling eBook titles and best-in-class original apps. DPW is also committed to the educational development of children around the world through Disney Learning, which includes Disney English and other Disney-themed learning products. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines and digital products in 68 countries in more than 45 languages. For more information, visit www.disneypublishing.com.

Choose To Matter: Your Guide to Being Courageously You
By Julie Foudy
ISBN: 9781368003384 • eBook ISBN: N/A
Price: $17.99 US/$18.99 CAN • Ages 14 and up
On sale: May 2, 2017

Media Contact:
Name: Seale Ballenger
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Phone: 212-456-0903
Email: Seale.Ballenger@disney.com