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Foudy sores $125,000 for disabled children, herself on Millionaire.

(Wednesday, October 25, 2000) -- United States midfielder Julie Foudy scored some big dollars for the TOPSoccer youth program and didn't do bad for herself either with her appearance aired last night on ABC's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire quiz show.

Julie Foudy
United States midfielder Julie Foudy, appearing here with host Regis Philbin, won $125,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and will donate half to a grassroots program to get handicapped children involved with soccer.
Foudy, competing against other Olympic athletes playing on behalf of their favorite causes, advanced to the "hot seat" with host Regis Philbin and correctly answered the $125,000 question. Rather than risking approximately half of that sum on the next $250,000 stumper, Foudy took the $125,000, 50 percent of which will be donated to the grassroots program for children with disabilities around the country. Foudy keeps the other half.

"I was determined to get into the hot seat," said Foudy, co-captain of the U.S. women who captured the Summer Olympics silver medal. "This (TOPSoccer) program means so much to me, and I knew that every extra dollar raised will help more children with disabilities get into the game."

Uniroyal Tire, which became the national sponsor of the program earlier this year, will work with Foudy and U.S. Youth Soccer to develop a special grant program to help start programs across the country.

"We are very proud of Julie. She's a true champion in every sense of the word," said Uniroyal brand manager Joe Herget. "Julie has been working with us all year to raise national awareness about TOPSoccer."

The Olympics show featured a number of champion athletes, including Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner, sprinter Maurice Greene and swimmer Jenny Thompson.

TOPSoccer was initiated by the USYS about eight years ago and now has approximately 8,000 players in local programs around the country.

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