All athletes need dedication and persistence to succeed, but some women athletes had to overcome obstacles to get a chance to play before they could be successful. Such as Maria Toorpakai Wazier from Pakistan, who pretended to be a boy so she could play squash without the Taliban knowing. Other ground-breakers include: Diane Crump, the first woman jockey in the Kentucky Derby; Jen Welter, the first woman to play in a contact position in professional football; and Junko Tabei, the first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest.

We Got Game includes fan favorites such as Simone Biles, Megan Rapinoe, and Serena Williams and some of the classic stars such as Althea Gibson and Billy Jean King, and it also includes some athletes that the reader might not have heard of, but will be delighted to learn about.

The 35 women highlighted display a broad mix of sports, nationalities, races, and ethnicity. The reader sees that athletic people have a drive and passion to participate in sports no matter where they live or what gender they are. The women in this book have accomplished truly remarkable things against great odds and it was inspiring to read their stories. And it was just as inspiring to learn about their work outside of sports as community activists, philanthropists, and mentors.

Young athletes will enjoy reading about these superstars and We Got Game would make an excellent addition to any library, especially classroom libraries.


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