“The story that too often goes missing in today’s athletic arena is that of the Title IX pioneers who made it possible for young women to compete on so many levels.  When Girls Became Lions fills that gap. Though the story might be contemporary fiction, its characters are real and their experiences true, reminding us of the many women who endured so much because they just wanted to play their game. This novel is a winner for all of us.”—Sue Semrau, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Florida State University, Athletic Coast Coach of the Year and President of the WBCA 


When Girls Became Lions is an inspiring novel that wonderfully depicts the triumphs and struggles of women in sports in spite of the overwhelming odds against them. I am so pleased that the authors have woven such a narrative into the fabric of this little discussed issue in America  history.”—Dr. Brian Johnson, President, Tuskegee University


 “I read a lot of fiction and am thrilled that Val and Jo have given us When Girls Became Lions, a story with women athletes at the heart. I’ve looked for a novel like this for a long time to provide a window into the world of women’s sports and Title IX’s implications, especially to inspire—and inform—our younger athletes. I can’t wait to give a copy to my players and friends!” —Jane Albright, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Nevada   


“I’ve coached women’s college soccer for over a decade and have seen first-hand the growth and advancement in the world of women’s athletics. I am so thankful to the countless women and men who worked to bring equality and exposure for women in soccer over the years. When Girls Became Lions reminds us of the courage and joy of those pioneers, and helps us see how far our game has come in providing the opportunities that now exist for young women in soccer and in sports. For Val and Jo to bring us such a captivating story will not only be entertaining for soccer lovers, but will shine a light on the journey that brought the game so far. It’s an important story to tell and so fun and meaningful that it is told so well.”—Mike Friesen, Women’s Soccer Coach, San Diego State University


“Too often the  stories of early advocates championing the cause for sport equality aren’t told. That’s why a novel like When Girls Became Lions is so important: it tells one of those stories in a beautiful way.  Authors Valerie Gin and Jo Kadlecek provide today’s female athletes a glimpse into the lives of those brave souls who came before them and upon whose shoulders they stand.  May those of us who have the privilege of working with young people remember those women and men who struggled so that we may enjoy and celebrate the opportunities we have today. This is a great read for anyone involved in the development and leadership of girls and young women!” —Samantha K Huge,   Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Texas A&M University


“This is a story that brings to life the emotional impact of a lack of equality in sports. With its unique way of running past and present stories side by side we are reminded just how far we have come since the beginning of Title IX and yet how far we have yet to go in achieving true equality in all areas of sport. When Girls Became Lions is truly inspirational, fantastically written and a story that all sports women (and men!) of all ages should read.”—Vicky Huyton, Founder of the Female Coaching Network