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“Extraordinary” — Shannon Boxx, all-time soccer great “A hell of a book” — Carli Lloyd, two-time World Cup champion “Brilliant” — Outsports magazine Ask most of the millions of pre-teen soccer-playing girls in America if they plan to make the U.S. Women’s National Team someday and the answer for them — and most of their parents — will be a resounding “Yes!” Among the most suc “Extraordinary” — Shannon Boxx, all-time soccer great “A hell of a book” — Carli Lloyd, two-time World Cup champion “Brilliant” — Outsports magazine Ask most of the millions of pre-teen soccer-playing girls in America if they plan to make the U.S. Women’s National Team someday and the answer for them — and most of their parents — will be a resounding “Yes!” Among the most successful international teams in any sport in the past three decades, the USNWT has emerged as a collective cultural icon, with its individual members redrafting the very definition of female across the globe. With the lines blurring between male and female behavior, girls are competing ferociously and celebrating wildly without apology. Women are demanding gender and racial equity, while dressing and speaking authentically, and loving however and whomever they choose. The reality is that making the National Team is about as likely as winning the lottery. Of the tens of millions of soccer players since the team was formed in 1985, only 241 women have ever made it to the highest level as of 2020. In Raising Tomorrow's Champions, one of those players, 16-year professional Joanna Lohman, joins current soccer dad and 40-year journalist Paul Tukey to share the team members’ stories, from the early pioneers like Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain and Mia Hamm, who are now parents themselves, to modern-day household names like Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. For a true picture of what makes these women champions, Joanna and Paul also talked to their parents, coaches and teammates. The result of this unprecedented access to the National Team is a stunningly revealing portrait of what it takes to make it to the top, not just in soccer, but in life. Not every child will make the most elite team, but the choices they — and their families — make in the face of challenge and adversity may define their childhood, their high school experiences, their college options, and their path forward in life. Not every child will necessarily even play soccer, but the lessons shared within Raising Tomorrow's Champions can help him or her become accomplished, authentic, and satisfied adults no matter what path they choose.


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“Extraordinary” — Shannon Boxx, all-time soccer great “A hell of a book” — Carli Lloyd, two-time World Cup champion “Brilliant” — Outsports magazine Ask most of the millions of pre-teen soccer-playing girls in America if they plan to make the U.S. Women’s National Team someday and the answer for them — and most of their parents — will be a resounding “Yes!” Among the most suc “Extraordinary” — Shannon Boxx, all-time soccer great “A hell of a book” — Carli Lloyd, two-time World Cup champion “Brilliant” — Outsports magazine Ask most of the millions of pre-teen soccer-playing girls in America if they plan to make the U.S. Women’s National Team someday and the answer for them — and most of their parents — will be a resounding “Yes!” Among the most successful international teams in any sport in the past three decades, the USNWT has emerged as a collective cultural icon, with its individual members redrafting the very definition of female across the globe. With the lines blurring between male and female behavior, girls are competing ferociously and celebrating wildly without apology. Women are demanding gender and racial equity, while dressing and speaking authentically, and loving however and whomever they choose. The reality is that making the National Team is about as likely as winning the lottery. Of the tens of millions of soccer players since the team was formed in 1985, only 241 women have ever made it to the highest level as of 2020. In Raising Tomorrow's Champions, one of those players, 16-year professional Joanna Lohman, joins current soccer dad and 40-year journalist Paul Tukey to share the team members’ stories, from the early pioneers like Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain and Mia Hamm, who are now parents themselves, to modern-day household names like Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. For a true picture of what makes these women champions, Joanna and Paul also talked to their parents, coaches and teammates. The result of this unprecedented access to the National Team is a stunningly revealing portrait of what it takes to make it to the top, not just in soccer, but in life. Not every child will make the most elite team, but the choices they — and their families — make in the face of challenge and adversity may define their childhood, their high school experiences, their college options, and their path forward in life. Not every child will necessarily even play soccer, but the lessons shared within Raising Tomorrow's Champions can help him or her become accomplished, authentic, and satisfied adults no matter what path they choose.

30 review for Raising Tomorrow's Champions: What the Women's National Team Teaches Us About Grit, Authenticity and Winning

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Wexler

    Joanna Lohman is filled with spirit and energy and positivity on and off the soccer field. And now she has somehow managed to bring that same force to the pages of this book. When I first picked it up to look it over, perhaps to read a beginning section, I found I kept telling myself "just a few more pages". Ostensibly this book is focused on sport.........but it is so much more than that. It teaches perseverance, and acceptance. I think it will be such a wonderful handbook/encouragement for so Joanna Lohman is filled with spirit and energy and positivity on and off the soccer field. And now she has somehow managed to bring that same force to the pages of this book. When I first picked it up to look it over, perhaps to read a beginning section, I found I kept telling myself "just a few more pages". Ostensibly this book is focused on sport.........but it is so much more than that. It teaches perseverance, and acceptance. I think it will be such a wonderful handbook/encouragement for so many families raising this next group of athletes and just plain good humans. I love that not only does it focus on the athletics but also kindness, inclusivity, acceptance, the importance of family.....lessons for all parts of our lives, and the world. In fact, Joanna has in fact brought so many of these lessons to many parts of the world, which just adds to how fascinating her own story is. Soccer doesn't have to be your sport to find applicable value here. Even sports don't have to be your passion. Shared humanity is enough to have this book feel like it is speaking to you!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    This book is special. It should be required reading for every parent - especially those with kids in sports. I can’t overstate the unexpected impact of Joanna and Paul’s words here. The first hundred pages had me reflecting on my own parenting, on my feelings about sports, and how those two combine to do my kids good, or harm, depending on my ability to maintain perspective. This book is important because it doesn’t shy away from the fundamental truth that sometimes, perhaps especially when our This book is special. It should be required reading for every parent - especially those with kids in sports. I can’t overstate the unexpected impact of Joanna and Paul’s words here. The first hundred pages had me reflecting on my own parenting, on my feelings about sports, and how those two combine to do my kids good, or harm, depending on my ability to maintain perspective. This book is important because it doesn’t shy away from the fundamental truth that sometimes, perhaps especially when our children are young, the best move a parent can make is to get out of the way. It is a reminder that kids are kids, sports should be fun, and that we have a responsibility to protect that balance for our munchkins. I will share this with every parent I know.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Fantastic book for soccer-loving athletes and their families. Excellent story-telling to share intimate details from the lives and careers of female professional soccer players. Loved reading about these athletes’ experiences with competitive youth sports, race, gender, etc. As a mom of two girls who love to play soccer, I enjoyed every page. My girls love reading it too! What a special book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Rhys

    You know what would be a game changer? If our babies arrived in the world with an owner's manual that included chapters on all those intangible "teaching moment" topics that are notoriously tough for parents talk about... things like authenticity and adversity, courage and commitment, perspective and perseverance. And as long as we're fantasizing, some cross-referenced situational subheadings would be handy, too, please. Because parenting is hard. In fact, I'd pay a lot of my hard-earned bread f You know what would be a game changer? If our babies arrived in the world with an owner's manual that included chapters on all those intangible "teaching moment" topics that are notoriously tough for parents talk about... things like authenticity and adversity, courage and commitment, perspective and perseverance. And as long as we're fantasizing, some cross-referenced situational subheadings would be handy, too, please. Because parenting is hard. In fact, I'd pay a lot of my hard-earned bread for that kind of wisdom. As a single dad for many years it sure would've saved me a lot of grief. As a married dad for many years since, it would've saved me even more. Sadly, no such handbook exists, and the fact is that when it comes to communication with our kids, we all sort of wing it. But what a precarious path we take. Because the way we talk to our children and the knowledge we impart as we help them navigate the stormy waters of their youth can make all the difference in their lives forever. We of course all want the best for our kids, but it's a wide world with a seemingly endless array of choices. The competition is fierce, the pitfalls are many, and the road can be foggy, at best. Often are the times that we could really use a leg up, or at least a voice of experience and compassion to light the way and tell us it's going to be alright. Enter "Raising Tomorrow's Champions," complete with one badass "leg up" (the co-author's) right on the front cover. I've decided that this is the manual I'm going to refer to from here on out. As a father of four boys and a girl I'm intimately familiar with the effort and vigilance needed just to be sure our daughters are able to compete on an even playing field—be it in sports or most any other area of life—not to mention what it takes to encourage them to feel empowered along the way. Though we're 21 years into the 21st Century we still somehow take it for granted that we live in a society that compensates the genders in vastly different ways for identical labor, and rewards heterogametic members of the species in wildly disproportionate ways in areas such as professional athletics. We understand that's the status quo but we don't have to accept that it'll be that way forever. And while we realize we have a very long way to go before the daughters we love will experience true equality, in the meantime it helps tremendously to hear the words and read the stories of a group of very special women who overcame all obstacles and became true champions. That's exactly what "Raising Tomorrow's Champions" is all about. The US Women's National Soccer Team has always been comprised of some of the most fierce, colorful athletes in the world, and this book is the deepest dive ever attempted to explore not only what makes them tick, but how they rose to the apex of their sport and became heroes and icons to millions of girls and young women. "Raising Tomorrow's Champions" is not only a handbook for parents who want to help their daughters succeed in soccer, it's a treatise on how to thrive no matter who you are or what your perceived disadvantages have been. Its 250 pages are chock full of clear prose and are lavishly illustrated with color photographs on nearly every page (supplied by team members themselves). But the book's true beauty and genius is not that it's inspirational and motivational, or that it offers strategies on how to succeed no matter one's personal circumstances, it's that it's about living an objectively happy life. In "Raising Tomorrow's Champions," that wisdom now exists for the girls in our lives—and their parents. And it's priceless.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Thiel

    Page 204. Every player, parent, coach will need to read your book cover to cover but especially this page. I remember every minute of this game. I bit every nail. But you hit it home with why the game is played with such passion and why friends and family go crazy at games... because win or lose we are there for you. For your most vulnerable moments. To lift you up and show we care and to cry along side you. To travel across the country or world to show support. I read your book with my family a Page 204. Every player, parent, coach will need to read your book cover to cover but especially this page. I remember every minute of this game. I bit every nail. But you hit it home with why the game is played with such passion and why friends and family go crazy at games... because win or lose we are there for you. For your most vulnerable moments. To lift you up and show we care and to cry along side you. To travel across the country or world to show support. I read your book with my family and we stand with every single bad ass female athlete and all of the beautiful differences. Thank you for having the difficult conversations. Hopeful our country can be kind, anti racist, an ally and learn from each story you packed into this impressive and beautiful book of authenticity. 5 stars all day long.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Soccer has a way of teaching us life lessons and developing life skills that stick with us long after we stop playing the beautiful game. Lohman and Tukey do an incredible job of capturing stories that parse out those lessons. This book offers reflection on a myriad of topics ranging from big picture challenges of injustice to maintaining a healthy balance in youth development today. Full of stories, insights, and amazing behind the scenes photos, this book is an instant essential read. Raising Soccer has a way of teaching us life lessons and developing life skills that stick with us long after we stop playing the beautiful game. Lohman and Tukey do an incredible job of capturing stories that parse out those lessons. This book offers reflection on a myriad of topics ranging from big picture challenges of injustice to maintaining a healthy balance in youth development today. Full of stories, insights, and amazing behind the scenes photos, this book is an instant essential read. Raising Tomorrow's Champions offers an honest and affirming inside look at the soccer experience. It does not shy away from the struggles and in many ways seeks a better future for women's soccer as a whole.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Renée L.

    This book is brilliant. I wish that something like this had been out when I was a young player. I started following women's soccer when I first learned about the US team in 1988. As a player, I didnt have female role models in my sport, but then there was Michelle Akers and Briana Scurry and then I stopped playing and became a fan. I was a WUSA Washington Freedom Fan and time went on and now I am a Washington Spirit fan (#SpiritFamily) and had the pleasure of seeing so many of those interviewed This book is brilliant. I wish that something like this had been out when I was a young player. I started following women's soccer when I first learned about the US team in 1988. As a player, I didnt have female role models in my sport, but then there was Michelle Akers and Briana Scurry and then I stopped playing and became a fan. I was a WUSA Washington Freedom Fan and time went on and now I am a Washington Spirit fan (#SpiritFamily) and had the pleasure of seeing so many of those interviewed play or coach in person throughout the years. I was present for the number retiring ceremony for Joanna Lohman's #15. This book os full of so many memories and new information and juat phenomenal on so many levels. If you have a girl...or a boy, interested in soccer...read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    MStone

    At every turn of the next page you find another amazing person, another amazing story that compels all of us to reach higher. Loved it. I hope my 13 year old son, a soccer player, can learn from this story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott Winston

    A must read for just about everyone, not just athletes and their parents. In a very unique and entertaining way the Joanna and Paul have tackled so many important issues facing society today. The first three chapters discuss issues that are rarely brought up in conversations amongst teammates, parents, and their children; gender, orientation, and race. Throughout the book many valuable and unique perspectives on these key issue are presented. There are so many situations that young athletes, the A must read for just about everyone, not just athletes and their parents. In a very unique and entertaining way the Joanna and Paul have tackled so many important issues facing society today. The first three chapters discuss issues that are rarely brought up in conversations amongst teammates, parents, and their children; gender, orientation, and race. Throughout the book many valuable and unique perspectives on these key issue are presented. There are so many situations that young athletes, their parents, and teammates encounter throughout their athletic careers that carry over into the rest of their lives and this book covers most of them. These include athletic specific topics such as dealing with injuries and college recruiting, but more importantly topics that carry over into all aspects of life such as dealing with hardship, leadership, self-worth, and dealing with alternative outcomes are addressed. Again, the use of first-hand accounts by USWNT players is an extremely effective means of communicating ways of dealing with these topics. This book is not an athletic training manual or biographies of talented women athletes. Rather, through excellent story telling and great pictures it provides guidance and lessons on how to become a champion both athletically and in one's relationships with the many different people one encounters throughout their lives.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Lohman

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    Paul Tukey

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    Sarah Baughman

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    Jessica

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    Sarah Moore

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    John Valdez

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    Megan

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    Meghan VanArsdalen

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