Youth sports aren't just about fun and games anymore. What should be a pleasurable experience is often marred by poor sportsmanship, trash talking, win-at-all-cost attitudes, and, in the worst cases, violence. But World Cup soccer champion and Olympic gold medalist Brandi Chastain has a solution. In It's Not About the Bra, Chastain draws on lessons learned in her phenomenal career and in her experience as a parent to illuminate "the beautiful game" and provide creative answers to the challenges that face young athletes and their parents.
Chastain emphasizes the importance of developing leadership skills, finding (and becoming) role models, and giving back to one's team and community. She offers a blueprint for kids and parents alike on how to play fair, win (and lose) with grace, and, above all, have a good time doing it.
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About the Author
Brandi Chastain has been part of the U.S. National Team since 1987 and with that team won two World Cups, an Olympic gold, and an Olympic silver medal. She was one of the founding players of the WUSA, the country's first women's professional soccer league, and, as team captain, led the San Jose CyberRays to a first-ever championship in that league. At Santa Clara University, Chastain won the 1990 Hermann Award, the most prestigious honor in collegiate soccer. She resides in San Jose, California, with her husband, Jerry Smith, coach of the nationally ranked Santa Clara University women's soccer team, and her soccer-playing stepson, Cameron.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Female soccer star Brandi Chastain went from slightly familiar, to an instant household name after her incredible goal winning penalty kick at the Women's World Cup against China on July 10, 1999. This experience, and her whole soccer career building up to the big win, demonstrated her ability to compete respectfully, accept and conquer flaw, and most of all, teach others that it really is not about the bra, but the passion within the player's heart and soul. In Brandi Chastain's book, It's Not About the Bra, she highlights the benefits of playing sports, because not only are they fun, but teach important life lessons as well. She emphasizes the importance of good sportsmanship, leadership skills, teamwork, staying humble, and most of all putting the fun back into competitive sports. Chastain has a plethora of soccer knowledge to share, but at times the book did get a bit boring and tedious; reading became more of a task rather than for enjoyment. Because of my prior athletic experience, I found myself not retaining some of the information because it was very basic and redundant. There are also so many physical, mental, and social aspects to the game of soccer, that it was hard to keep track of every detail that Chastain brought up, no matter the level of significance. As a female athlete myself, this book was very encouraging and helpful. She spoke of situations and struggles that I have also gone through, which was comforting. Although, It's Not About the Bra is a soccer-centered book, it can be a helpful tool to any aspiring athlete, no matter what the sport. Just like Chastain, I have played sports with boys my whole life and enjoy it very much. It was very reassuring to know that there are other strong, female athletes who aren't afraid to get a few bumps and bruises out on the field. I appreciated her honesty and integrity when she admitted her faults, which led to learning experiences. It's Not About the Bra is a book whose target market audience would be female athletes, who aspire to succeed in their preferred sport and have fun doing it! It is an inspirational book that would motivate any reader to pick up a ball, get in shape and ultimately make their dreams become reality. Chastain did a beautiful job of describing both her successes and failures, which shaped her into the person and player she is today. Another piece of writing similar to It's Not About the Bra is Mind Gym by Gary Mack with David Casstevens. It is a psychological sports book written to whip the athlete's mind into as good of shape as the body, because training your mental "muscle" is half the battle.
It's about learning Sportsmanship in Soccer and other sports. I recommend it for people to read and learn the act of sportsmanship which is playing fair and by the rules of the sport. It also teaches you how to lose gracefully and behave correctly too.