Exciting times for girls and women in sports

MINNEAPOLIS - Females are dominating the wide world of sports. Mone Davis is throwing like a girl, and it's made her a star. She's throwing 70 miles per hour in the Little League World Series.

Maya Moore is in the WNBA playoffs as the league's MVP. And new to the game - Shelly Bean is the "Sports Queen."

"We need to see female athletes as a central character because what you see in books tells you what is relevant, important and valued," said Dr. Nicole Lavoi, from the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport.

Bean is the heroine of the "Sports Queen" children's books and she's a pioneer in the not at all wide world of sports children's books - featuring a girl as the athlete.
"She is just going to demonstrate how possible it is to dream, to put yourself there. If you put yourself there and envision it, anything is possible," said Shelly Boyum-Breen, the creator and author of Shelly Bean books.

Boyum-Breen said she created these books because she saw the void when she was teaching. Girls just had no books to start to dream the dream of sports and the thing girls have to, from a young age, be able to see it - to want to be it.

The girls that line the hallways the Minnesota Lynx players have to travel to take the floor understand the dream. They are the real life "Shelly Beans" every time they get a high-five from a hero. They see it and hopefully think that someday, they can be it.

Check out the "Shelly Bean" series at www.shellybeanthesportsqueen.com.


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