April 19, 2013
HERNDON, Va. - Former Louisiana Tech hurdler Antoinette Cobb, winner of the 2010 Honda Inspiration Award after beating colon cancer and going on to become an All-WAC hurdler, will be featured in an upcoming book about inspirational and uplifting stories in sports.
The players who fill our rosters today will be the people who run our nation tomorrow,” says Kathy Hogan, author of Take the Lead: Make Youth Sports What They Were Meant to Be. Hogan has seen it all from the sidelines. As a mother and coach, she knows it’s time to create a healthier atmosphere for our young athletes. We have all seen the negative stories that make headlines. It’s time to take a closer look at positive stories that can change people’s lives forever.
Antoinette Cobb has one of those stories. After battling colon cancer, Cobb fought back to become one of the top college hurdlers in the nation. “Not many people see benefits from having cancer, but Cobb did. She recognized that some of our greatest challenges in life turn out to be incredible gifts. The propel us to achieve in ways that we never could have imagined.”
Filled with inspirational stories about coaches and athletes, Take the Lead encourages parents and coaches to take a fresh look at youth sports. “Long after their jump shots have faded and their sprints have slowed down, athletes should be promising, contributing members of our society.” How do we make that happen? We focus on teaching not only athletic skills, but also life lessons.
A former Duke field hockey player, Kathy Hogan coached soccer and basketball for years before she helped create the Upward basketball league at Herndon United Methodist Church (HUMC), where she continues to coach and assist in many ways.
Take the Lead: Make Youth Sports What They Were Meant to Be is available online through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Fifty percent of all proceeds from Take the Lead benefit HUMC.