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October 3, 2022

9/14/2022 1:22:00 PM
Book event this Sunday features local author
Christine Hawkinson
Christine Hawkinson

For several years I have felt relatively
alone in my belief that the
"play to play" concept is not in the
best interests of families whose kids
are involved in the process.
Then I picked up local author
Christine Hawkinson's book "50
Years in the Bleachers" and found
out I am not the only one wondering
how lining the pockets of various organizations
that stress playing over
practice is a good thing.
The book, though, is much more
than just a study in elitism. It is a
book that makes you think.
It begins with a young girl following
her father as he coaches boys
teams in Illinois and learns later his
efforts earned him a spot in the Illinois
Basketball Hall of Fame. She
saw how his belief in TEAM led to
success.
It continues with the introduction
of girls sports through Title IX and
how she played a part in it at her high
school. Her book takes you through
the struggles girls faced with getting
started playing their sports. As you
turn the pages you see that women's
sports still has some catching up to
do.
There are chapters about marrying
a man who later became a successful
coach then a tireless athletic director
and the impact that had on the family.
When her daughters were nearing
high school the invitation came to
"pay to play" which she and her husband
turned down.
Then the unthinkable happened.
Her daughter tore her ACL and
missed her first high school season in
volleyball and basketball.
That set Christine on a mission to
understand the risks with playing
sports, how girls bodies responded
differently than boys to physical
stress and how there needs to a move
to educate coaches about how to
compete safely.
Add in some other stress with her
younger daughter's sports activities
and you have a page turner, not in the
sense of a good mystery but in the
sense of acquiring knowledge.
The book is available on Amazon
for just under $15.00 and is in paperback
form. It is also available locally
at Catheryn's Market which is fitting
as when the building housed the Corner
Drug Store Christine and her
daughters frequented the soda fountain
for sodas and ice cream.
For those wanting to meet Christine
and discuss the book and her
findings there is an open house/book
signing this Sunday (September 11)
from 1-3 pm at Catheryn's Market.
Stop in, visit and get a signed copy
of a very good read.
Ed. NOTE: Christine Hawkinson
is the wife of former Dodgeville
teacher, coach and athletic director
Scott Hawkinson. Her book covers
five decades and three generations,
telling one family's sports story. She
has earned a Master of Science in
Family and Consumer journalism
from UW-Madison. Her mission is to
join the effort to reinvent youth
sports.
Her second daughter, Kylee, designed
the cover.
The Hawkinsons now live in
Prairie du Sac.





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