When I was eight, girls didn’t play soccer. Actually, neither did boys — at least not in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I lived. And frankly, I’m not happy about it. I bet if I’d played soccer, I would’ve been great and become a pro and kicked the winning goal in the World Cup and ripped off my shirt.
But I would’ve played my little heart out, just like the girls you’ll see playing in HBO’s new half-hour documentary, Kick Like a Girl.
Kick Like a Girl is the story of the Mighty Cheetahs, a Salt Lake City girls’ soccer team that seemingly couldn’t lose.
Here’s the synopsis from HBO.
Watching the trailer was enough to make me set my recorder.
Coach Jenny’s eight-year-old daughter, Lizzie narrates the story.
The perfectly named Lizzie has juvenile diabetes and gives herself insulin shots six times a day. But she’s not about to let that get in the way of being a tough soccer player with equally tough teammates. As Lizzie puts it, “We feel like superheroes, and we can conquer anything.”
I believe it. And I have a feeling that watching Kick Like a Girl will make me feel like a superhero, too. I am never happier than when watching women play a sport that they love — and play it well.
Kick Like a Girl premiered last night, but you can catch it Saturday at 2:30 and 5:30 ET on HBO Family. It will air frequently throughout June — check the full schedule at HBO’s website. If you don’t get HBO, no worries — the DVD will be released on June 28.
Will you be watching? Were you a baby soccer star? Go ahead; brag a little. We like sports dykes around here.