Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m wondering how many of you spent Sunday evening consoling your daughters after Japan defeated the U.S. to win the Women’s World Cup.
Did your daughters shed tears? Were they angry and upset about the loss?
Or did they even care?
Except for my brother, who’s a soccer nerd, there weren’t many people in my circle of friends who were excited about the Women’s World Cup. But most of them are busy professionals whose daughters are too young to get into a soccer tournament in Germany.
I know there must be plenty of families with daughters who became enamored with Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and the rest of the U.S. team.
Did they become role models for your daughter(s)?
Toni Nagy of Huffington Post made some interesting points in an article this weekend, and while I don’t agree with much she said, I like this paragraph:
I think women need more exposure to seeing powerful female athletes so they know that there is not only a potential future for them in sports, but also all the positive impact that simply participating can make. I got a chance to ask some questions to soccer super star and Olympic Gold Medalist Brandi Chastain and I got to hear first hand the importance of getting your daughter involved in sports. We should encourage all children to test their limits, and imagine the impossible. Of course I am not implying that you should get your baby into base-jumping, but I do think that we should be just as supportive of our little girls being tough as our boys.
Unfortunately for the U.S., there was no golden moment on Sunday, no Chastain to come through in the clutch, like she did in ’99.
Did your daughters – or sons – get into the Women’s World Cup?
If they weren’t into soccer before the tournament, are they into it now?
Do girls and young women need athletes as role models?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog