Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In the News: Maddy Baxter Wants to Play Football

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Maddy Baxter will be entering seventh grade this fall and wants to continue playing football on the boys football team in Middle School. Yes, continue because she has played on the team when attending elementary school. 

The school says no! No girls allowed!

What do you think of that? Check out the Facebook page, Let Her Play, to follow Maddy.

This reminds me of Angela Ruggiero. She played hockey on a boys team and they finally told her she was not allowed to play anymore. She didn't join the team again, but certainly honed her skills and played smart to make her a celebrity in women's ice hockey. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Career: Olympics Gold Medalist Angela Ruggiero, Ice Hockey

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Stanley Cup Playoffs this week..big time hockey games. And I know it isn't just a game for guys. Girls love playing hockey because this poster above has been re-pinned so many times from my Pinterest Girls Succeed board. I love it, not just because it is hockey, but because the message is so important. Hockey Girls Have Goals. Exactly the message in the Girls Succeed e-book for girls.

Also the message passed along by Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero. Angela is an internationally known athlete for her skills in ice hockey. She's been a member of Olympics Team USA four times, voted the #1 hockey player in the world by Hockey News, and serves as President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.

When Angela was nine years old she became aware she was not welcome to play the "boys' sport." Although she was heartbroken when her dad told her she couldn’t play for Team California because she was a girl, she never wanted to quit.  Instead, she became more determined than ever to be the best player she could be.  She didn’t try to get even by knocking the boys down or hurting them, but she did decide to outsmart them with her outstanding skill and maneuvers.

Angela certainly accomplished her goal 
of becoming the best hockey player she could be.

In 1992, Angela learned that women’s hockey was going to be an Olympic sport in 1998. From that point on, at twelve years old, she trained hard with one goal in mind, to go to the Olympics. She made Team USA in 1998 and that year the team brought home a gold medal for the USA!

Do you have goals for your future? Angela kept her goals in mind (and not just making goals in hockey!!) and worked toward achieving them. What are you working on for your future?

To learn more about Angela Ruggiero, check out Chapter 10, Showing the Boys, in the Girls Succeed e-book available at these major online booksellers.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Quote: Be Yourself

Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.
~~Oscar Wilde

I ran across this quote when reading a book last night. It just struck me that it is so true. Each one of us is very special, unique, as evidenced by fingerprints for instance. 
Each set of fingerprints is different. That is amazing.

Each one of us is special in our own way with gifts and talents inside us just waiting to be developed along our life journey. So many discoveries to be made about ourselves. 
Believe me, it's not just for young people. 
Oldsters grow and change and discover new talents and opportunities every day.

Be proud to be yourself. Nobody else can be you!!