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Profiles of Women Past & Present: Mosaic - Nine Women in Sport

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Profiles of Women Past & Present: Mosaic - Nine Women in Sport

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83 pagine
49 minuti
Pubblicato:
Jan 4, 2019
ISBN:
9780463097724
Formato:
Libro

Descrizione

These original monologues describe the lives of nine notable women in the world of sport: Michelle Akers in soccer, Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the Olympics, Jackie Joyner-Kersee in track, Dorothy Kamenshek in baseball, Billie Jean King in tennis, Nancy Lopez in golf, Wilma Rudolph in track, Venus Williams in tennis and Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the Special Olympics. These original monologue scripts were created by the AAUW Thousand Oaks, California Branch, Inc to enable parents, teachers, students, librarians and others to make women’s history come alive.

Pubblicato:
Jan 4, 2019
ISBN:
9780463097724
Formato:
Libro

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Thousand Oaks, CA is affiliated with AAUW and with AAUW California. We promote equity for women and girls by breaking barriers through advocacy, education, and research.

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Profiles of Women Past & Present - AAUW Thousand Oaks, California Branch, Inc

©2018 Thousand Oaks California Branch Inc. of the American Association of University Women, PO Box 4223, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359-1223. All rights reserved for reproduction, sale and use by the holder of this copyright. Permission is granted to non-profit organizations and individuals to use these scripts in non-commercial performances as long as the Thousand Oaks Branch of the American Association of University Women is duly credited with authorship. Requests for other permissions should be sent to the address above.

MICHELLE AKERS SOCCER (1966 -)

BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS ATHLETE (1914 – 1956)

JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE TRACK (1962 -)

DOROTHY KAMENSHEK BASEBALL (1925 – 2010)

BILLIE JEAN KING TENNIS (1943 -)

NANCY LOPEZ GOLF (1957 –)

WILMA RUDOLPH TRACK (1940 – 1994)

EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER SPECIAL OLYMPICS (1921 - 2009)

VENUS WILLIAMS TENNIS (1980 –)

MICHELLE AKERS

SOCCER PLAYER

(1966-)

MONOLOGUE

Imagine that you are lucky enough to play an amazingly fun game every day and it's your job. Hundreds of thousands of fans scream and yell and cheer for you and for your team. They even paint their faces red and blue - your team's colors. You get to travel and play in stadiums around the world and big companies pay you lots of money to wear their clothes and use their equipment.

Well, that's my life. I, Michelle Anne Akers, am a professional soccer player. I began playing soccer when I was eight years old. I wasn't sure if I liked it at first, because my team didn't win very often and I didn't like to lose. But I was serious about soccer and practiced hard to become the best at it. I soon realized that soccer was the only game I wanted to play. Before 1972, most girls played sports only as a hobby. They didn't get to play on school teams and compete like the boys did. But in 1972, Congress passed a law called Title IX. That law guaranteed girls would have the same opportunities as boys to play all sports in school. Because of Title IX, I had the chance to play and achieve success in soccer throughout my years in school. In fact, in high school and in college, I was an All-American athlete.

In 1985, I was a charter member of the first U.S. women's national soccer team. The first few years, our team enjoyed many successes. We won the first Women's World Cup in China in 1991 and later went on to win the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The enthusiasm generated by our Olympic victories continued during the summer of 1999, when the United States hosted the Women's World Cup. Feeling the same excitement, we felt during the Olympics, we played hard to win and made it to the final game against the team from China.

The final game was played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. It was a searing hot day and the enthusiastic fans started streaming into the stadium early in the morning. As we drove to the Rose Bowl in our team bus, we saw many young girls and boys wearing small versions of our red and blue uniforms. Ninety-one thousand fans came to cheer for us in the Rose Bowl that day, including President Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea.

Coming into the game, I was feeling very tired. For several years I've had a disease called chronic fatigue syndrome, which often makes me feel tired and sluggish. In fact, during the 1997 season, I had to sit out most of our games because I just didn't have enough energy to play. I knew the heat and excitement at the Rose Bowl that day would be tough. I played center mid-fielder and coordinated a strong defense for my team. I gave it my all, but after

87 minutes of play, I collapsed in front of the goal. My trainers helped me off the field, but the game wasn't over yet.

I watched

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