A native of Charlestown, Julia Potts was crowned Miss Rhode Island Teen USA on 29 May 2022 and represented Rhode Island at the Miss Teen USA 2022 pageant in Reno, Nevada. In 2017, Julia’s older sister Maddie suffered a fatal brain aneurysm while playing soccer. In an effort to carry on Maddie’s legacy, her family created a foundation dedicated to serving the community and spreading Maddie’s loving and caring spirit.
Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2022 Julia Potts graduated from Chariho High school in 2022. She will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall of 2022, committed to obtaining a degree in biology and eventually going to Physician Assistant School.
Julia has always been devoted to giving back to her community. At the age of 6 she began working alongside her father in the Kids Grow Garden, planting and harvesting vegetables that were donated to food shelters. Alongside her efforts to support the community, you could always find Julia on the soccer field. She played soccer from 1st grade to 8th grade alongside her sister, Maddie where she learned how to be a leader and remain resilient through obstacles on the field and in her life. On September 23, 2017 Julia attended one of Maddie’s soccer games with her friends, dreaming of playing on the same field as captain just like her sister. Suddenly, her sister Maddie suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on the field, with Julia, her father, and her friends sitting in the stands. Immediately after her passing, the community came together to support Julia and her family, taking care of them for months as they grieved the loss of Maddie.
In an effort to carry on Maddie’s legacy, the Potts Family founded the Maddie Potts Foundation, dedicated to serving the community and spreading Maddie’s loving and caring spirit. As a co-founder of the foundation, Julia began spreading Maddie’s story over social media, raising over $900,000 with the help of her community! With this, they began the construction of the Maddie Potts Memorial FieldHouse, located directly next to the field that she played and died on. Although Julia was not able to continue her soccer career, she continued to spread her sister’s story and branch into other interests like art and modeling, as well as her internship in the special education program at Chariho High School.