TODAY | October 10, 2012
>>> well, how much would you give up to help other people achieve their goals? well, soccer score lindsay brown sacrificed a scholarship to notre dame to help girls in underdeveloped countries. her devotion has landed her on the cover of "seventeen" magazine as the winner of the pretty amazing contest. lindsay is here, along with "seventeen" editor-in-chief. lindsay , congratulations to you.
>> thank you.
>> you are quite impressive.
>> thank you so much.
>> this all started with a bake sale that a lot of kids do, but what made thisake sale so special?
>> at the start of my sophomore year i organized tie dye cupcake sales in my dorm room at notre dame for she's the first and with enough help we raised enough money to send three girls to school in nepal.
>> and you went there. how did that change your life?
>> going there made me realize the impact of these girls life. we joked that we were changing the world one cupcake at a time but when i saw the living condition, getting an education and the opportunities that would come along with that, i realized it wasn't really a joke and i neededo do more to help these girls .
>> helping them in the classroom and also on the soccer field , something that you love that you brought to them.
>> yeah. i've been playing since the age of 5, so i've never really thought about what soccer has done for me, but for these little girls it's taboo for them to play sports in their society so it was ground breaking. it really upset their fathers when i brought them out on to the field, but slowly but surely they started gaining confidence and leadership skills that translated into the classroom, and it was the first time i realized that's what sock her done for me my entire life.
>> therefore, you decided to give up your scholarship at notre dame for soccer, and instead decided to launch the segue project to help support girls both through school and also find a passion like soccer, right?
>> once i realized this transformative role soccer should play, i knew i needed to expand the project, and to do that i needed to give up my role on the soccer team which was a really difficult decision, but at the end of the day sacrificing my senior season will never compare to the sacrifice these girls make to go to school, so once i came to that realization i knew it would be the right decision.
>> you blew my socks off. easy to say why you picked her as pretty amazing for the cover of the magazine.
>> lindsay is such a superstar, but we were most impressed by how selfless she was in helping other girls find confidence. confidence is the key. i mean, we want to help every single girl feel the confidence thatindsay feels and that such a special message that she has.
>> and i imagine there were so many other great candidates as well. four other semifinalists so was it ultimately the fact that she was helping those other girls then?
>> in the last two years we've had 70,000 girls enter this contest, and it's -- you know, i'm so happy to be here talking about something great about teenage girls . this is the ultimate celebration of teenage girls . her message says to girls if a girl like lindsay can be on the cover of "seventeen," why can't i? we want every girl to feel pretty amazing.
>> she's pretty and pretty amazing to top it off, and 13 million readers read "seventeen" so a real inspiration to all of them. thank you and good luck with you with the rest of school. senior year at notre dame .