The evidence is overwhelming: sports help girls grow into strong women. Both scientific studies and anecdotal evidence confirm that athletic girls not only grow up to be healthier; they learn teamwork, gain inner confidence, and grow into society's leaders. Sports help preteen and teenage girls make the right choices in a society that is sending them incredibly mixed messages about who they are supposed to be. Yet no one is speaking directly to these girls.
Jennie Finch fell in love with softball as a young girl; in the years since, the sport shaped both the course of her life and her character. A two-time Olympian, Finch was a collegiate national player of the year at Arizona and pitched professionally. In this book, Jennie fills the role of girlfriend, big sister, team captain, and mentor. She talks about what nutrition and practice you need to build a strong, capable body; how to foster the mental strength and resilience it takes to pursue big goals; and what it takes to be a leader and role model as you strive for success in sports... and in life. All girls will benefit from Jennie's message: Believe in yourself. Go for it, girls!
Ann Killion is an award-winning sportswriter who has written extensively on issues relating to girls and women's sports. Killion has covered the major national and international sports issues of the past two decades, including the rise of Olympic softball. A contributing writer to Sports Illustrated, Killion lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family, including her athletic teenage daughter.
|10 and up
|Jennie Finch, Ann Killion
|Aug 29, 2011