When Girls Became Lions

When Girls Became Lions The memory of a strong woman is a sanctuary And so begins our story It s Teacher Bailey Crawford and a bunch of rag tag girls are about to make history as their school s first and only state ch

  • Title: When Girls Became Lions
  • Author: Valerie J. Gin Jo Kadlecek
  • ISBN: 9781682222584
  • Page: 301
  • Format: ebook
  • The memory of a strong woman is a sanctuary And so begins our story It s 1983 Teacher Bailey Crawford and a bunch of rag tag girls are about to make history as their school s first, and only, state champions But few in town care they re only girls, after all It s not until twenty five years later in 2008 when new coach Reynalda Wallace discovers their story The memory of a strong woman is a sanctuary And so begins our story It s 1983 Teacher Bailey Crawford and a bunch of rag tag girls are about to make history as their school s first, and only, state champions But few in town care they re only girls, after all It s not until twenty five years later in 2008 when new coach Reynalda Wallace discovers their story and recognition for the champs finally arrives In the process, Rey learns how much of her own life past and present is bound to those first athletes whose struggle she never knew existed Until now The novel moves between 1983 and 2008 as the two coaches stories progress, capturing the impact Title IX legislation had on one mid western town It is a unique literary contribution to both women s fiction and the ordinarily male dominated sports genre as it celebrates women s friendships against the backdrop of sport history It is a story for everyone from soccer dads and college coaches to professional athletes, high school competitors and the many women and men who support them The incredible championship of the U.S.A Women s Soccer Team at the June 2015 FIFA World Cup confirmed the sport s popularity and the growing impact of women athletes as role models When Girls Became Lions continues the celebration of both What others are saying Absolutely love this great read about women in sports Contemporary fiction with women athletes at the center of the narrative is long overdue Julie Foudy, USA Soccer, ESPN Finally, a novel about the beautiful game and the girls who just wanted a chance to play the world s most favorite sport Jo and Val penned a great story about the end results of many sacrifices and the true benefits of sport fun, competition, purpose, perseverance, teamwork, friendships and the love of the game Amanda Cromwell, Head Women s Soccer Coach, University of California at Los Angeles UCLA When Girls Became Lions is an inspiring novel that wonderfully depicts the triumphs and struggles of women in sports in spite of the overwhelming odds against them I am so pleased that the authors have woven such a narrative into the fabric of this little discussed issue in America history Dr Brian Johnson, President, Tuskegee University This novel illustrates the emotion of sport as it chronicles the journey of fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, coaches, school administrators and student during the transition from pre Title IX expectations to 20th century possibilities You ll be inspired by the story Jean Driscoll, Eight time winner of the Boston Marathon, U.S Olympic Hall of Fame I read a lot of fiction and am thrilled that Val and Jo have given us When Girls Became Lions, a story with women athletes at the heart I ve looked for a novel like this for a long time to provide a window into the world of women s sports and Title IX s implications, especially to inspire and inform our younger athletes I can t wait to give a copy to my players and friends Jane Albright, Head Women s Basketball Coach, University of Nevada The story that too often goes missing in today s athletic arena is that of the Title IX pioneers who made it possible for young women to competes characters are real and their experiences true, reminding us of the many women who endured so much because they just wanted to play their game This novel is a winner for all of us Sue Semrau, Head Women s Basketball Coach, Florida State University, Athletic Coast Coach of the Year and President of the WBCA

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    1. I bought this book because I met the author at a local event. Turns out she lives in the same area as me. :) I enjoyed the book for the most part. The story is of a girls' soccer team in small town America that won their state championship. But because girls' sport is considered inferior, they barely rated a mention at the time, and now some twenty years later, their success is still unknown. The tale alternates between the team of the time and their coach as they work from nothing up to success [...]

    2. I am a Title IX athlete. I went from sport to sport in junior high and high school, and even continued in college. We played on the horrible fields. We practiced in the gym after the boys. We raised money for our uniforms. Even as my male peers had everything handed to them. This book is a great reminder of the how hard it was for female athletes to gain opportunities that many now take for granted. There are two stories woven together: one taking place in 1983 and the other 2008. The two author [...]

    3. Simply put, more books like this need to exist. Girls in sports, but not in a "we're not like other girls" way. Just in a "we're playing soccer" way. The dual timelines were enthralling and I wanted justice for the 1983 team as much as the 2008 girls did. Teachers actually being portrayed as passionate about their jobs and coaches loving teaching equally was a huge unexpected bonus. I cried several times reading this book and I want everyone to read it please.

    4. I was a bit doubtful when I first picked up When Girls Became Lions by Valerie J. Gin and Jo Kadlecek. I'm not that much into sport, especially football of any persuasion and the cover didn't entice me. But by the first chapter was I hooked. Loved the story, the characters, the themes. When coach Reyalda Wallace is forced by the athletics director to go to Bailey Crawford's funeral (in 2008), she is shocked to discovered that he coached the first girls’ soccer team at her school to win the Sta [...]

    5. In this novel, in 2008, the girls soccer coach at a small Ohio town's high school learned that 25 years before, the school's very first girls soccer team won the first state championship. She didn't learn this as a girls soccer team member at the same school less than a decade before. She couldn't learn it from the school's trophy display cases or non-existent banners hung in the athletics building. She learned about it from listening to the state champion team members eulogizing their champion [...]

    6. This is story about a girl's soccer team and how they had to fight for the right to be recognized for their accomplishments. Where the story could have been powerful, it lay flat for me. I am willing to concede that is perhaps due to my own lack of understanding of what it means to be a high school athlete, having never been one. However, I wouldn't hesitate to put this book in the hands of any middle- or high-school aged girl.

    7. This is an excellent book digging into Title IX through 2 eras. I was very impressed with the ease of reading and the quality and context of the characters. Thank you.

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