In the Mix
Soccer: Kickin' Butts (#441)
Co-hosted by three members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer team (Tiffeny Milbrett, Lorrie Fair and Shannon MacMillan) this special encourages teens to pick up a soccer ball rather than a cigarette. Soccer stars from the Women's and Men's National teams, including Danielle Slaton and Eddie Pope, talk about how their involvement with soccer helped them stand up to peer pressure to smoke. Viewers also meet teen soccer players who volunteer as anti-tobacco advocates, spreading the word about the dangers of smoking. Experts explain how cigarettes, as well as secondhand smoke, affect athletic performance, and Dr. Alan Leshner, director of NIDA, debunks popular myths about nicotine addiction. Last is a look at two organizations that are bringing soccer to the inner cities as a healthy alternative to smoking, drugs and alcohol. [28 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
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Series Description: IN THE MIX is the series that "manages to be both hip and responsible." The series' single-theme episodes offer solution-oriented examinations of critical issues and profiles of model programs that provide teens with information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Also highlighted are the accomplishments of young people of diverse backgrounds, providing much needed positive role models.
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