Such notable women athletes as Debi Thomas, Picabo Street, Cassie Campbell, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peggy Fleming, Michelle Akers, and Bonnie Blair, share their stories and thoughts on sport, competition, and commitment.
Girls' athletic participation in school and community sports programs is skyrocketing. Girls now comprise thirty-three percent of all high school athletes, representing a dramatic increase from four percent who participated in 1971, the year before the enactment of Title IX. You Go Girl! is a collection of first person insights, thoughts and stories from successful women in the world of sports. Athletes, coaches, and sports executives talk about their lives, their dreams, their frustrations and disappointments-as well as their victories and passions, practice habits and perspectives. Their stories will inspire, teach, motivate, encourage and challenge any reader-male or female. Among the women who have contributed their personal anecdotes and insights are: Mia Hamm (soccer); Gabrielle Reece (beach volleyball); Marion Jones (sprinter and long jumper); Kerri Strug (gymnastics); Chris Evert (tennis); Nancy Lopez (golf); Picabo Street (Olympic gold medal skier) and many others. Most of today's young women went through school after the 1972 passage of title IX: the same cannot be said of their mothers. This book provides a powerful opportunity to close that gap.