Don't Struggle with Gift Giving this Season -- Mother-Son Authors Have Gift Solution for Girls and Women

With the release of their Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide, Carol Cavanaugh and Clay Cavanaugh want to give the gift of sports appreciation to girls and women across the country this holiday season.

(PRWEB) December 17, 2008 -- Looking for a unique, fun gift for that special girl or lady in your life? An Arizona-based mother-son writing team thinks they have the answer. The pair has written the "Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide", a sports book for girls and women interested in learning more about the country's most popular games.

Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide Cover"As we wrote, we kept thinking of the types of girls and women we could help out. We felt like sports moms, girlfriends with sports-addicted boyfriends, cheerleaders, and grandmas with grandkids who play sports would benefit the most," says co-author, Clay Cavanaugh. "The common thread across the groups is that the more they understand about sports, the more they'll enjoy the time they already spend going to or watching sports events," he continues.

The Cavanaughs say they were motivated to write the book because they noticed a trend of increased interest in sports by girls and women, but no corresponding increase in sports-related information made specifically for them. "What girls and women want is a 'Sports 101', a basic understanding of a sport, then have a quick and easy reference to look up the more advanced terms and strategies as they come across them," says Carol Cavanaugh.

In trying to fill that void, the authors made what they call a hybrid sports reference book. It's meant to work as a guidebook on the reader's first pass through, but also has a sport-specific glossary that defines more technical terms. They claim that any of the guide's six sports can be learned in about 30 minutes, helping time-challenged readers.

The book breaks down baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling, six of the most popular sports in the U.S. It introduces a light history and then jumps into the structure of the game, its rules, and some basic strategies.

The "Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide" is available now at More information on the book can also be found at the book's official site,

About the Authors
Clay Cavanaugh is a lifelong sports fan. From playing Little League to cheering on his alma mater Duke Blue Devils, sports have influenced his life. As a former high school teacher, his dual passions for education and sports came together in the role of writing a sports book for girls and women. Carol Cavanaugh, a technical writer and sports mom, combined both business and pleasure by writing the "Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide" to demystify sports for girls and women.