Julie Culley, an Olympian (London 2012) and the director of Georgetown’s track & field / cross country program, is swapping out her running shoes for a pair of ballroom shoes to participate in the DC’s Dancing Stars Gala at the Four Seasons on Nov. 9. This fun and unique fundraising event seeks to positively impact communities in the Washington, DC region by raising money and awareness for local and national nonprofits. Julie will be competing to raise funds for the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, which serves economically vulnerable moms and babies by working to increase access to high-quality health care and support.

But she needs your help! Like the show, you — the audience — will help select the winner.

How can you help? By showing your support through donations to JBLF for the gala and contributions of items or services to the gala’s silent auction.

Why do these donations matter? The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be calculated using 60% of the judges’ scores and 40% of the funds raised by the dancer for their nonprofit charity. Winners can earn up to an additional $10,000 for their nonprofit! 

Learn more about Julie: A United States Olympian, Culley won the women’s 5,000-meter run at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, earning a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she was a finalist in her event. Julie Culley is now in her fourth season as Director of the Georgetown track & field / cross country program, following a two-year stint as an assistant coach. A title held by only a handful of females in the NCAA, Culley has led the Hoyas to over 20 All-American titles, multiple Big East Team Championships, and countless Big East Individual Championships in the three short years of her tenure.

A member of Team USA at the 2012 Olympics, Culley competed for Team USA three times previously representing the US at the 2008 IAAF Indoor World Championships (3,000m), at the 2009 IAAF Outdoor Track & Field (5,000m) and again at the 2009 IAAF Cross Country World Championships (8,000m). Culley was a professional athlete for eight years and was contracted by multiple sponsors including her shoe/apparel sponsor, ASICS America.

Culley is no stranger to philanthropic endevears as she incorporated and co-founded, the 501(c)(3) non-profit, New Jersey New York Track Club, where she was responsible for all business operations and club finances through 2013. She also founded and served as race director of the Run O’ the Mill 5K in Clinton, N.J that raised money to support the local youth track program in her hometown, the developmental youth program she also regularly volunteered as a youth coach.

Culley graduated cum laude from Rutgers University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and political science. She was inducted in the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the Georgetown and is expected to graduate Spring 2020.

Julie is a certified Life Coach of Sport through the Sport Life Coaching Academy and Patterson Sports Ventures, a program designed to elevate individuals from Good to Great through the teachings of many of the NCAA’s best coaches, primarily, UCLA basketball legend, John Wooden.
Culley currently resides in Arlington, Va., with her husband, Chris Farley, and their two sons, James (3) and Paul (1). She and her husband own Pacers Running specialty stores in the DC area.


Questions? Contact info@jb-lf.org or 703-462-2336.