Thursday, January 21, 2016

Trailblazer: Kathryn Smith Named NFL Football Coach

Celebrating with Kathryn Smith

Congratulations to Kathryn Smith! 

We're doin' a happy dance with Kathryn as we celebrate her appointment as the first female coach in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills team just hired her as a full-time coach for quality control-special teams. Alright, I have to admit, I don't really know what special team that is. Do you? I like to watch football, but I don't know that much about it! .

I do know we are all very proud of this woman who has worked her way up. According to an NPR report, by Marie Andrusewics, "Smith spent last season as administrative assistant to the Bills' head coach, Rex Ryan, and prior to that spent 12 years working for the New York Jets, also with Ryan, who was that team's coach until 2015. Smith started as an intern with the Jets in 2003.
Dream Big!
Ryan said the decision to promote Smith was inspired in part by the San Antonio Spurs's move to appoint the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA. Becky Hammon, a former WNBA player, was hired by the Spurs in 2014."
Check out the J.Q. Rose blog article on Becky Hammon here.

Do you like football? Do you play the game or watch it? Would you like to coach a team? Leave a comment below and let us know. Thanks.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Civil Rights Leader Ruby Bridges

On this Martin Luther King Jr Day, let me introduce you to Ruby Bridges. She was the first African-American child to attend an all-white public school in the South in 1960. She opened doors to the schools, but also to a better future for all of us.

Take a peek at the short You Tube video to take you back to the day Ruby bravely entered the school house with protesters shouting outside the doors of the New Orleans elementary school. The people were trying to prevent change to the education system and their way-of-life.


The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross | Ruby Bridges Interview, School Integration | PBS

Ruby Bridges Interview

Thank you to Dr.King and those brave people through our history for trailblazing a path to freedom, equality and justice for all. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Celebrating Leah Still's Victory over Cancer, Books of the Year 2015

Hello and welcome to the Girls Succeed! blog.

I hope you're having a great start to the New Year 2016!!

Good News this morning about five-year-old Leah Still, daughter of professional football player, Devon Still. She has been battling cancer for eighteen months, but today she is cancer free!!! Time to celebrate this little girl's amazing victory over cancer. You go, GRRL. I think we should call her Leah Strong. What do you think?

Celebrating five-year-old Leah Still's winning her battle with cancer!

Books of the Year 2015

Do you like to read? If so, check out the American Library Associations Books of the Year including the 2015 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King  award winners. Check out the CNN article for more information about all these amazing books and videos for all ages.

Girl Reading
What is your favorite book for kids? Mine is Charlotte's Web. Leave a comment below, please. I know, I know. There are so many great books. It's difficult to choose just one!

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