Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Adding another name to the youthsportsparents honor roll. That is, a list that recognizes pro and Olympic athletes for speaking up about sports parenting taken to the extreme.
Joy Fawcett won two gold medals playing for the U.S. Olympic soccer team. Now she has three soccer-playing daughters, age 8, 12 and 15, who play competitively but mostly for fun.
In Saturday's San Jose Mercury News, Fawcett says she often (too often) sees many parents "stomping around on the sidelines." She told the paper, "Parents just go a bit crazy."
Fawcett was involved in starting a youth soccer club in Orange County, California. She's also an activist of sorts speaking about responsible sports parenting. On our list of outspoken athletes, she joins, among others, Dusty Baker, Wayne Gretzky, Joe Dumars and Mark Messier.