Daddy's Little Goalie
A Father, His Daughters, and Sports
By Robert Strauss
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, Hardcover, 9781449402341, 160pp.)
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
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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.
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.