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Storybook Maggie Celebrates 7 Years Over the Moon!

Vaulters celebrated with Maggie at the Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp in Andale, Kan., 2013. Youngsters who were teens when the book was published are in their 20s today.

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — A lot has happened in the world of pole-vaulting in the past seven years, and storybook heroine Maggie Steele has been there.

Published Oct. 12, 2013, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a classic story in the pole-vault community.

Published October 12, 2012, the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon celebrates it’s 7th year today. The young adult novel has become the gold-medal story of the sport, earning praise for it’s positive message for young teens, especially girls.

“It’s amazing to think that youngsters who were 13 when the book came out are 20 today!” said author Grant Overstake.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has stood the test of time as a story that defines grit and perseverance, which is what this great sport is all about.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the magical story of Maggie Steele, a gritty Kansas farm girl who rebounds after tragedy and reaches new heights as a pole-vaulter. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.” The story also was voted the No. 1 Athlete Girl Book on Goodreads, and named national Book of the Week by Bookworks Publishers Weekly.

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Celebrating Maggie’s 30,000th Blog Visitor!

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Maggie says, “I’m over the moon celebrating 30,000 visitors to my blog! Many thanks to my great supporters and fans, including US Olympian and Coach of Champions, Erica Fraley [Bartolina]! It’s an honor to have my story recognized by awesome role models like Erica. Learn about Erica’s inspiring life story and the impact she’s having on young people here: http://tinyurl.com/pdk8392


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Women’s Day Celebration Rewards Maggie’s Campaign with Bonus Funds, March 3-8!

Despite the fact that women were physically able to pole-vault, gender bias kept them grounded from athletic competitions. Shown: Pole vaulters  at University of Nebraska Lincoln 100 years ago during women's PE class.

Women have always been able to pole-vault, but gender bias kept them grounded from athletic competitions. Maggie Steele faces gender bias in her quest to vault over the moon.To honor her quest, Indigogo’s Women’s Day Celebration will honor Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign with bonus funds, March 3-8. (University of Nebraska PE class, 1914).

Storybook heroine Maggie Steele’s Audiobook Campaign has been selected to receive bonus funds during the International Women’s Day Celebration, March 3-8, to honor her inspiring message for young women and girls.

On Monday March 3rd, Maggie’s campaign will receive an extra dollar for every $25 raised on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. Indiegogo will also match $1 for every $25 raised on Saturday, March 8th.womensdayheaderInternational Women’s Day on Indiegogo celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for the celebration, which encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

Sponsors who believe in Maggie's story have stepped up to reward contributors to the campaign.

Sponsors who believe in Maggie’s story have stepped up to reward contributors to the campaign.

“I’m honored that Maggie’s campaign has been selected for the International Women’s Day Celebration,” said Grant Overstake, author of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. “It’s a tribute to Maggie’s heroic character as a young woman and to female pole-vaulters everywhere. Challenging the status quo is one of Maggie’s strongest character traits.

“I want to encourage contributors to be sure to give on those dates so that we can maximize the total amount raised for the campaign and Maggie’s voice can be heard,” he added.

Narrator Tavia Gilbert will tell the story of Maggie Steele in the audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Funds raised through the International Women’s Day Celebration will help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’.

Maggie, a gusty farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas, is an inspiring new heroine in young adult fiction. Narrator Tavia Gilbert is eager to perform and produce the novel on audiobook. Her list of accolades includes six Audie Award nominations (the audiobook equivalent of the Academy Award). The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience.

Gill Athletics, the world’s largest track and field equipment manufacturer, is proud to be the Grand Prize Sponsor of Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign. Additional sponsors for the 30-day event include: Artist Phillip Carrero, Dial Athletics, Fuzion Athletics, Raise the Bar Pole Vault Club, Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Club, Texas Pole Vault Club at Elitz Sports, Tailwind Pole Vault Club, and Vaulter Magazine. Continue reading


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Inspire Them With a Maggie Christmas!

Give the teens on your list the hope-filled gift of a Maggie Christmas.

 “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.” — KIRKUS

Looking for a motivational gift this holiday season?

Inspire them with a Maggie Christmas!

"I've probably read it more than 20 times. I will never get tired of reading it over and over again and again," writes Taylor Millsap, 14, of Illinois.

“I will never get tired of reading it over and over again and again.” — Taylor Millsap.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of a courageous teen, Maggie Steele, who finds the strength to overcome a tragedy and rise to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

Kirkus Reviews calls the story, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life,” adding, “Its themes will resonate with anyone who has suffered profound loss.”

For some youngsters, holiday cheer may be an elusive emotion. The bells of Christmas may have a hollow ring. But experts say reading about the struggles of a fictional character such as Maggie Steele can help promote the healing process.

Hope over hardship is the central message of  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

-- Maggie Wheatley.

“A one in a thousand books that you will carry with you forever.”– Maggie Wheatley.

The story has lifted the hearts of many readers, from 4th grade to adults:

“I love it when you read that one in a thousand books that you will carry with you forever,” writes Maggie Wheatley, 15, of Florida.

“I’ve probably read it more than 20 times. I will never get tired of reading it over and over again and again,” writes Taylor Millsap, 14, of Illinois.

Olympic pole-vaulter Becky Holliday writes, “I myself experienced loss when I was a young girl. Sports were my outlet and helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. This book captured me cover to cover. I highly recommend Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

"I highly recommend Maggie Vaults Over the Moon." -- Becky Holliday, Olympian.

“I highly recommend Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.” — Becky Holliday, Olympian.

School counselors, coaches and psychologists have recommended Maggie for its positive message to young people.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Timothy M. Tays, PhD, writes, “I highly recommend it for all teens, especially those seeking direction during the storm and stress of adolescence.”

No matter what age, this novel is sure to touch the hearts of every reader, especially those who’ve been raised on a farm.

“Maggie transported me back to my childhood..." -- John Rinkenbaugh.

“Maggie instantly transported me back to my childhood.” — John Rinkenbaugh.

Maggie instantly transported me back to my childhood,” writes John Rinkenbaugh, a TV producer and former Kansas farm boy. “It will translate to anyone who allows themselves to be young at heart.”

Do you have someone on your list who needs to be inspired this holiday season? Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts contributor, Nancy Julien Kopp says Maggie is “Heartwarming and realistic, this book is a winner.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon can be sent as an eBook or gift-wrapped paperback, along with your personalized message, through Amazon.com.

Order your copies today!

Future greats Kendall Reynolds, left, and Zoe Bechard with three-time Olympian Earl Bell.

Future greats Kendall Reynolds, left, and Zoe Bechard with Olympian Earl Bell.


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Florida Beach Vault Champs Soar With Maggie Awards!

More than 70 vaulters enjoyed the second annual Florida Beach Vault. (Photos by )

Vaulters soared at the Florida Beach Vault. (Photo by Jeff Adams)

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl pole-vaulter from Grain Valley, Kansas, was the storybook guest of honor here Saturday, July 20th, as copies of her inspirational sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon were presented to the high-flying female champions of Florida Beach Vault 2013.

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“It was a weekend of firsts for Maggie,” said author Grant Overstake.

“It was her first-ever airplane ride, and her first time seeing the ocean! She loved every minute of it, especially since the purpose of her visit was for such an important cause, which is pole-vault safety.”

The Beach Vault, sponsored by the Florida Pole Vault Academy, attracted more than 70 vaulters who had a spectacular view of the ocean as they cleared the ever-rising crossbar. Event organizer Bob Leidel was delighted to be able to present Maggie Awards to the female champions. Continue reading


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Maggie Packs Flip-Flops, Sunscreen for Florida Beach Vault 2013!

Maggie has been invited to the 2nd Annual Florida Beach Vault to be held Saturday, July 20th, at Clearwater Beach. (Photo by Jeff Adams)

Florida Beach Vault 2013 is July 20th at Clearwater Beach, Fla. (Photos by Jeff Adams)

Maggie Steele is packing her flip-flops and sunscreen for a pole-vaulter’s dream vacation!

The gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas, has been invited to share the awards stand at Florida Beach Vault 2013, Saturday July 20th, at one of the most beautiful places in the world — Clearwater Beach!

(Photo by Jeff Adams)

Last year’s Florida Beach Vault attracted more than 80 vaulters and more are expected this year, including the most inspirational storybook pole-vaulter in the nation, if not the entire world.

A copy of the inspirational sports novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be awarded to the top female finishers at the second annual event, sponsored by the Florida Pole Vault Academy. The book’s author, Grant Overstake, a former Miami Herald Sports Writer, would love to be there in person, but Maggie will be making the 1,270-mile trip by herself.

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PR City! Gold Medal Campers Win Maggie Awards

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Gold Medal Camp Maggie Winners

Maggie Award Winners at the Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp at Andale (Kan.) High School, front row from left, Hayden Bugner, Andale; Jewel Eck, Andale; Hanna Buller, Goddard; Samantha Horsch, Andale; Jaden Eck, Andale; Braden Meyer, Andale; Haley Heimerman, Andale; Jared Harmony, Hesston. Coaches on back row, Zach Curtis, Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel; Travis Ford, Goddard Eisenhower; Dylan Schmidt, Andale. Not pictured, Camp Director Mark Schmidt and Coach Mark Smith.

ANDALE, Kan. — For three days this past week, this vault-crazy town in the wheat fields of South Central Kansas became… PR City!

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Samantha Horsch, Andale, eyes a new PR!

Vaulter after vaulter soared to Personal Records at the 11th Annual Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp, held June 27-29 at Andale High School.

The Andale City Council should have issued a Proclamation to change the name of their spiffy little town for a few days. But before they could muster a quorum, 32 enthusiastic young vaulters took to the runways and changed it themselves.

As a reward for their highest and best efforts, vaulters who set PRs in the camp’s final competition received copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, the inspirational novel by Grant Overstake, which tells the story of the Sunflower State’s high-flying fictional pole vaulter, Maggie Steele.

Vaulting into a strong headwind, gutsy Jaden Eck, Andale, earned a ‘Maggie Award!”

“The Gold Medal Camp was held in an absolutely perfect setting for Kansas pole vaulting, right next to a newly harvested wheat field,” said Overstake, who shot photos and presented the “Maggie Awards” at the camp’s closing ceremony. Continue reading