The evidence is overwhelming: sports help girls grow into strong women. Both scientific studies and anecdotal evidence confirm that athletic girls not only grow up to be healthier; they learn teamwork, gain inner confidence, and grow into society's leaders.
Sports help preteen and teenage girls make the right choices in a society that is sending them incredibly mixed messages about who they are supposed to be. Yet no one is speaking directly to these girls. Jennie fills the role of girlfriend, big sister, team captain, and mentor.
A smart, credible, and accomplished voice from an athlete who is strong and feminine, fiercely competitive, and fashionably cool, Jennie is someone young women will listen to and take to heart. Jennie's message: Believe in yourself. Go for it, girls.
About the Authors
Jennie Finch fell in love with softball as a young girl; in the years since, the sport shaped both the course of her life and her character. A two-time Olympian, Finch was a collegiate national player of the year at Arizona and pitched professionally. One of America's most popular athletes, she has worked extensively in television, is an active member of the Women's Sports Foundation, and conducts softball camps around the country. Finch is married to professional baseball player Casey Daigle, and they are the proud parents of two sons.
Ann Killion is an award-winning sportswriter who has written extensively on issues relating to girls and women's sports. Killion has covered the major national and international sports issues of the past two decades, including the rise of Olympic softball. A contributing writer to SportsIllustrated.com, Killion lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family, including her athletic teenage daughter.