Robert Strauss is the proud father of two daughters who play sports. He has been a staffer at Sports Illustrated and has written extensively for the New York Times. He is an adjunct professor of writing in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania; he also managed to play, just barely, Division III freshman basketball and rugby at Carleton College. He lives with his wife, Susan, and daughters, Ella and Sylvia, in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Daddy's Little Goalie: A Father, His Daughters, and Sportsby Robert Strauss
The perfect Fatherâ€™s Day gift for modern dads who are learning that mentoring their daughters in sports is just as much fun as playing catch in the backyard with their boys. Former Sports Illustrated reporter Strauss provides humorous and poignant vignettes about watching from the sidelines as his daughters, both jocks in high school and college, succeed and fail in sports.
The National Federation of High School Associations estimates that approximately 3.1 million girls participate in high school sports. Daddy's Little Goalie, written by professional sports writer Robert Strauss, is about a new generation of fathers who are nurturing their daughters as girl jocks throughout their years of schooling.
In Daddy's Little Goalie, Strauss shares an invitingly poignant and humorous collection of anecdotes about the father/daughter sporting dynamic based on his own experiences with his daughters, Ella and Sylvia. Proud dads, been-there moms, and sporting daughters alike will recognize themselves in Strauss's stories. From the pride inspired by a daughter's first left-handed layup to the shin-kicking action on the soccer field, Daddy's Little Goalie is not a primer on how to raise the next Venus or Serena Williams, but about the normal run of girl jockdom and the important role of the father/daughter relationship in sports--and life.
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Strauss tells a wonderfully entertaining, funny and tender account of raising Ella and Sylvia that any sports enthusiast will appreciate. Any sons, daughters or parents with fond memories of youth sports will be moved and amused by Daddy's Little Goalie.
Robert Strauss is one of those natural born storytellers who can turn "hello" into an essay that is filled with funny anecdotes that will keep you laughing far after he's done. In this book about the trials and tribulations of watching his daughters -- Ella and Sylvia -- grow up and play sports, particularly basketball, the sport he loves most, Strauss is at his insightful, amusing and whimsical best. As a sports writer for 19 years I can tell you that many "sports" books fail to connect with readers who can never really relate to the physical or mental abilities it takes to succeed at a high level. But this ain't one of those books. "Goalie" grabs at your heart right from the beginning and the stories Strauss tells about Ella, Sylvia, himself and his wife Sue are nothing if not poignant. If don't get a lump to your throat reading this book, you've never been the parent of a child playing sports, never reveled in their success, never felt the paranoia and anger and agony of watching them ride the bench, never dried their tears after a heartbreaking loss. Get this book. Give it as a gift to your dad, or your uncle, or someone who has made a difference in your life. They'll love it and they'll love you all the more.
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