224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue -- Introduction: Stand up -- Country life -- Strong women -- Practice -- Brian -- Out -- Down -- Chicago -- The only gay on the team -- The end of the league -- London 2012 -- Olympique Lyonnais -- The fight for equal pay -- Rio -- Kneeling -- Sue -- Deserving -- Forward -- Epilogue.
The Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion describes her childhood in a conservative California town, her athletic achievements, and her public advocacy of civil rights and urgently needed social change.
Rapinoe was four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball. Her parents encouraged her love for the game, but taught her that winning was much less important than how she lived her life. Here she reflects on the choices she has made, her victories and her failures, and embarks on a thoughtful and candid discussion of her personal journey into social justice. After the 2011 World Cup, discouraged by how few athletes were willing to discuss their sexuality, Rapinoe decided to come out publicly as gay and use her platform to advocate for marriage equality. In 2016 she took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Rapinoe discusses the obligation we all have to speak up, and the impact each of us can have on our communities. -- adapted from jacket