Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash (Young Reader Series)

Jason Offutt


Helen Stephens was a remarkable athlete who broke world records and won two gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. (2014)

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Helen Stephens did not let a little thing like her school’s lack of girls’ sports and coaches stop her from matching the world record for the 50-yard dash when she was only fifteen. At the Olympics, she was only allowed to enter three events because she was a woman, but that didn’t stop her from winning two gold medals. Though a woman had never run a professional basketball team before, that didn’t stop Helen from creating and managing The Helen Stephens Olympic Co-Eds. Nothing could stop the Fulton Flash from achieving her dreams.

This book is included in the nonfiction book series, Notable Missourians, for young readers in grades 4 to 6 about people who contributed to Missouri’s history or culture and who were born or lived in Missouri.

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Study Guide for Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash [download pdf]


Chapter 1: A Born Runner
Chapter 2: Olympic Champion
Chapter 3: The Basketball Star
Chapter 4: Hall of Famer
Chapter 5: Never Stop Running
Legacy: Athletic Champion
For Future Reading
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Jason Offutt has an MA in communication and is a journalism instructor at Northwest Missouri State University. In addition to working as a newspaper reporter, sports photographer, editor, managing editor, and columnist, he has written numerous articles and several books on humor and regional folklore, focusing on stories of the paranormal.

John Hare is an illustrator, graphic designer and artist. He lives in Gladstone, Missouri.


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