Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

July 9, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

From their meager beginning in the 1980s as “the red headed stepchild” of sports through four World Cups and three Olympic games, Dare to Dream examines how Mia Hamm broke through as a media phenomenon, why Brandi Chastain’s celebratory moment stirred so much controversy, and how Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers, and Joy Fawcett overcame daunting obstacles to help the team step into history, and in the process lift the aspirations of all young women…. More >>

Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team


5 Responses to “Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team”
  1. This review of the soccer video “dare to dream” is a worthy representation of women achieving, against all odds, a standard of excellence in courage and ability in the world of soccer. I have incorporated this video into my small library of books about women in other fields, against all odds, achieving, their own Profile of Courage.

    Therefore, it is my intent to broaden the inspiration of women from the soccer field to other aspects of life. Not only do our daughters need role models but our sons not only have to feel the required effort but cultural prejudice that these women had to conquer.

    The first book is OBSESSIVE GENIUS: The inner World of Marie Curie, by Barbara Goldsmith. She is the first women who received two Nobel Prizes in Physics. Madame Curie lived at a time that science was a forbidden subject for women. This is a fascinating story for young girls from seventh grade and up to read. Madame Curie is an amazing Profile of Courage.

    The second book is ROSALIND FRANKLIN,by Cath Senker. In February 1953 she discovered what DNA looked like and how it was constructed. This knowledge was passed on to two other male scientist without her knowledge. Her story is sad episode but no less a Profile in Courage. The two male scientist won the Nobel Prize on false pretences. Without Rosalind’s X-ray photographs and data they would not have received the Nobel Prize. Nevertheless, the story told by Cath Senker makes sure that her scientific discovery and stolen achievement is not forgotton.

    The third book is LET ME PLAY: The story of Title IX, by Karen Blumenthal. This book is just fabulous. It takes you through the story that began in 1972. The story is how equality in women and men sports in colleges was achieved. Title IX was signed into law by Richard Nixon. This opened the pandora box in the colleges. Not only did women receive equal funding in sports but it open the door, for women, to enter any academic profession. This is a must read.

    The fourth book is SISTERS: Catholic nuns and the making of America, by John J. Fiakla. This is story of how 80 thousand women established the largest private educational institutions and Hospital systems in the United states. This is an enormous story that began in the 1880’s. This enormous group of women were the first feminist in the united States. “By 1906, a doctor in New York was quoted that ‘higher education was dangerous to woman’s health,’ educated women in the Catholic Church were well on their way to creating an empire of a size that existed nowhere else in the world: some eight hundred hospitals and ten thousand schools, colleges and universities. This is just an amazing story of women of quantity and quality in Profile’s of Courage.

    These books suggested here are a brief complement to the video of “dare to dream.” When you put all these flowers together you come up with a beautiful bouquet with a distinctive fragrance of awesome determination and profile’s of courage.

    I am the author of ANN OF GREEN PASTURES: The inner world of Ann Sultana. She is my personal profile of courage.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. C. Mitsuda says:

    The first time I saw this film was last month when I was flying home on Delta Airlines and I thought it was great. I have a 13-year old daughter who currently plays club soccer, so I’ve become an avid fan of the sport in recent years. Dare to Dream is an HBO documentary shows how the women’s soccer movement started in the US in the late 1980s, and how some of the original players from the 1991 World Cup team made such significant contributions to the sport up until their retirement in December, 2004.

    I could easily write a lengthy review, but I won’t. Instead, anyone that has an interest in soccer, especially youth soccer, should watch. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. William Keil says:

    I saw this when HBO aired it several years ago, and I thought it was a great story. Recently a friend at work was telling me about her daughter who is playing soccer. I told her she needed to see Dare To Dream because it is a great story about success and team work. So, I ordered it on Amazon.

    Once I received it, I had to watch it again. Just to make sure it was as good as I thought it was. It is a great story, and it should be watched by kids in school and adults. It’s motivating and tells a true success story.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. T.C. says:

    This movie is great. And it came packaged better than i thought it would. it came in perfect condition and more.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Highly recommended for anyone with young girls who play sports. A great look back at the Women’s US soccer team. My girls loved every minute of it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!