They Better Call Me Sugar by Sugar Rodgers audiobook

They Better Call Me Sugar: My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood

By Sugar Rodgers
Read by Sugar Rodgers

Blackstone Publishing 9781617759291

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 08/03/2021

    ISBN: 9781665073196

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Runtime: 3.60 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In unflinchingly honest prose, Sugar Rodgers shares her inspiring story of overcoming tremendous odds to become an all-star in the WNBA.

Growing up in dire poverty in Suffolk, Virginia, Sugar (born Ta’Shauna) Rodgers never imagined that she would become an all-star player in the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association). Both of her siblings were in and out of prison throughout much of her childhood and shootings in her neighborhood were commonplace. For Sugar this was just a fact of life.

While academics wasn’t a high priority for Sugar and many of her friends, athletics always played a prominent role. She mastered her three-point shot on a net her brother put up just outside their home, eventually becoming so good that she could hustle local drug dealers out of money in one-on-one contests.

With the love and support of her family and friends, Sugar’s performance on her high school basketball team led to her recruitment by the Georgetown Hoyas, and her eventual draft into the WNBA in 2013 by the Minnesota Lynx (who won the WNBA Finals in Sugar’s first year). The first of her family to attend college, Sugar speaks of her struggles both academically and as an athlete with raw honesty.

Sugar’s road to a successful career as a professional basketball player is fraught with sadness and death—including her mother’s death when she’s fourteen, which leaves Sugar essentially homeless. Throughout it all, Sugar clings to basketball as a way to keep herself focused and sane.

And now Sugar shares her story as a message of hope and inspiration for young girls and boys everywhere, but especially those growing up in economically challenging conditions. Never sugarcoating her life experiences, she delivers a powerful message of discipline, perseverance, and always believing in oneself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Inspirational.” Etan Thomas, author of We Matter
“My hope and prayer is that everyone, both young and old, gets an opportunity to read this book and let Sugar—the athlete, the woman, the survivor—have as much of an impact on their lives as she has had on mine.” Swin Cash, three-time WNBA champion
“A three-pointer from deep.” C. J. Farley, author of Game World
“Fabulous…infinitely readable and engaging.” Jacqueline Woodson, New York Times bestselling author
“Written in accessible, colloquial, first-person language, Rodgers’ story is presented with a raw focus on her childhood…Encouraging tidbits will stay with readers, such as, ‘Stars are stars because they work hard even when the lights are not on.’” Kirkus Reviews
“[A] raw, compelling memoir of a girl growing up in difficult circumstances but with the wits, confidence, and drive that made her an All-Star. An inspiring autobiography. Booklist
“Sugar Rodgers’s story will be inspirational not only for young girls, not only for young athletes, but for everyone.” Etan Thomas, former NBA player and author of We Matter

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Author

Author Bio: Sugar Rodgers

Author Bio: Sugar Rodgers

Sugar Rodgers is a professional basketball player currently starring in the WNBA for the Las Vegas Aces. She honed her skills as a young girl growing up in Suffolk, VA, by shooting hoops with neighborhood drug dealers before eventually being recruited by the Georgetown Hoyas, making her the first person in her family to attend college. She graduated Georgetown as the leading scorer of all time, and was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in 2013. She also played several seasons with the New York Liberty before being traded to Las Vegas in 2019. She was named to the WNBA All-Star team for her 2017 season with the New York Liberty.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 3.60
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English