Author Theo Tate delivers a gratifying, touching story about girls youth basketball
O'FALLON, Ill. - In the spirit of such heartwarming and inspiring sports films as The Bad News Bears, A League of Their Own, The Blind Side, Hoosiers and Rudy comes Theo Tate's new book, Ladies' Night (published by AuthorHouse).
Ladies' Night follows former NBA player Scottie Rogers on his journey to lead and inspire a group of girls. After his playing career, Scottie sets his sights on a new goal. He gathers his resources - including a large inheritance from his mother - and starts a 16-city basketball league for 12-year-old girls. He calls this new league the American Little Ladies Basketball League (ALLBL).
The girls in the league don't play for huge salaries. The league offers more than that. It gives them a chance to travel the country, meet new people and play the sport they love. It also gives them hope by offering the champion of the league a chance to meet the University of Tennessee women's basketball coach, Pat Summitt.
"It's about all dreams," says Tate, about his book. "(Ladies' Night will) teach people that they can do whatever they want to do and not let anyone stop them."
Tate believes the book offers readers respite from the pressures of their everyday lives. "With the problems going on in this country, like the bad economy and rising unemployment, people want to read something that's entertaining and unique," he says. "I hope this book will help people continue to dream big and never let go of their dreams."
About the Author
Theo Tate is a longtime sports journalist who became an avid women's basketball fan in 1993 when he was co-manager of the Belleville East High School (Ill.) girls basketball team. In addition, he covered - and attended - numerous NCAA women's basketball games and is currently a blogger covering on women's college basketball. He lives in O'Fallon, Illinois.
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