Thursday, June 20, 2013

Career: Olympics Gold Medalist Angela Ruggiero, Ice Hockey

hockey girls

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.