"WNBA All-Star Sugar Rodgers doesn’t hold back in her memoir."
New York Amsterdam News
"They Better Call Me Sugar is fabulousso infinitely readable and engaging. Sugar Rodgers is such a clear-eyed and thoughtful writer and a huge inspiration. There are so many young people I can't wait to give this book to."
Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming, former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
"If it is one thing many of us have been doing a lot lately is spending more time curling up with favorite books of ours. Our book games have been strong lately and that is always a positive. Here is a very athletic way to heighten that need for readadd a dash of Sugar to your bookshelves."
Beyond the W
"Rodgers wrote the book for her younger self, but the book is perfect for young readers, starting in middle school, and also young athletes. Rodgers' goal is to use her toughest moments to inspire those who read it."
The Black Sportswoman
"In her inspiring and candid debut memoir, WNBA star Sugar Rodgers opens up about her challenging youth and her path to college, a successful career and a fulfilling, empowered life."
"Rodgers' memoir...personally details a young girl growing up in dire poverty in Suffolk, Va., who lost her mother when she was a teenager, saw both of her siblings go in and out of prison, and witnessed shootings in her neighborhood. Yet she kept on striving."
"Describing her upbringing under less-than-ideal conditions in Suffolk, [Sugar's book] has gotten some quality reviews."
"An inherently compelling memoir...A simply fascinating and ultimately inspiring story."
Midwest Book Review
Growing up in dire poverty in Suffolk, Virginia, Sugar (born Ta'Shauna) Rodgers never imagined that she would become an all-star player in the WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association). Both of her siblings were in and out of prison throughout much of her childhood and shootings in her neighborhood were commonplace. For Sugar this was just a fact of life.
While academics wasn't a high priority for Sugar and many of her friends, athletics always played a prominent role. She mastered her three-point shot on a net her brother put up just outside their home, eventually becoming so good that she could hustle local drug dealers out of money in one-on-one contests.
With the love and support of her family and friends, Sugar's performance on her high school basketball team led to her recruitment by the Georgetown Hoyas, and her eventual draft into the WNBA in 2013 by the Minnesota Lynx (who won the WNBA Finals in Sugar's first year). The first of her family to attend college, Sugar speaks of her struggles both academically and as an athlete with raw honesty.
Sugar's road to a successful career as a professional basketball player is fraught with sadness and deathincluding her mother's death when she's fourteen, which leaves Sugar essentially homeless. Throughout it all, Sugar clings to basketball as a way to keep herself focused and sane.
And now Sugar shares her story as a message of hope and inspiration for young girls and boys everywhere, but especially those growing up in economically challenging conditions. Never sugarcoating her life experiences, she delivers a powerful message of discipline, perseverance, and always believing in oneself.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||11 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Williamstown 15
Chapter 2 Tomboy 25
Chapter 3 Second Grade 29
Chapter 4 Golf 35
Chapter 5 Tiger Woods and California 45
Chapter 6 My First Jail Visit 51
Chapter 7 Football 57
Chapter 8 Toe-to-Toe with a Drug Dealer 65
Chapter 9 My First Basketball Team 71
Chapter 10 City League Basketball 77
Chapter 11 The Bust 83
Chapter 12 The Tournament 93
Chapter 13 The Funeral 99
Chapter 14 DD Bug 103
Chapter 15 Life at Coach Betty's House 105
Chapter 16 Aunt Linda 113
Chapter 17 Boo Williams 119
Chapter 18 Getting Recruited 129
Chapter 19 Powder Puff 133
Chapter 20 Senior Prom 139
Chapter 21 Georgetown Hoyas 143
Chapter 22 Scooter 149
Chapter 23 Freshman Year 153
Chapter 24 Dad 159
Chapter 25 Senior Year 163
Chapter 26 Preparing for the Pros 167
Chapter 27 Draft Day 169
Chapter 28 Minnesota Lynx 175
Chapter 29 Living the Dream 179
Chapter 30 Dream Big 183
Chapter 31 Self-Talk and Positivity 185