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Welcome to the first discussion of "Home Ice", written by @angie.abdou, MA'91, and topic facilitated by @carlyiaadams, PhD'07. ? Our topic this week is 'Youth Sport and Hockey Culture'. This is an open discussion, so feel free to jump in where you would like - by answering one of these questions or commenting on someone else's comment! Carly will be on hand to help keep the conversation going. Have more to say? See the full list of questions and longer discussion on Goodreads - link in the bio!? ? Question 1: Home Ice is an honest account of the troubling culture of amateur sport. Through her personal account of parenting her son, Ollie, who loves hockey, Abdou writes about how conflicted she is with the sport - the risk of concussion and injuries, the time spent on the road and away from her husband and daughter, the marital strain, the expense, and the tough decisions and heartbreak involved in being a hockey mom. Abdou's memoir has created a wide range of responses. One reader called it a “love letter to sport.” Another accused Abdou of “spewing negativity.” These two responses are very far apart. What was your reaction to the book? Do you agree with either of these responses? What might account for the widely differing interpretations?? ? Question 2: Abdou shares alarming statistics about the dropout rates from youth sport - 70% of young athletes will quit sport by the age of 13! How do adults contribute to this? How should parents, coaches, league administrators be responding to these statistics?? ? ? Question 3: Abdou shares her experiences as a "mom" in the boys locker room. How does her experience highlight the culture of sexism that exists in Canadian hockey? Have you experienced or witnessed this? How can we start to change this culture?? ? #westernu #purpleandproud #ldnont #bookclub #bookstagram #booktalk

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