Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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[CLAIMED!] Audiobook Campaign Perk: A Private Pole-Vault Session With Coach Joe Dial!

Coach Joe Dial

Coach Joe Dial

Note: Thanks to Eddie Seese for his awesome contribution to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign! Because of Eddie’s generosity, some deserving vaulter will be selected by Coach Joe Dial to receive two hours of private instruction at the Dial Athletics facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What a great blessing! Thanks, Eddie! You rock! Learn more: http://tinyurl.com/lxtyqjc

TULSA, Oklahoma — Pole-vaulting icon and coach of champions, JOE DIAL is offering an inspiring two-hour coaching session for a $150 pledge to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign! Great gift idea! Learn more: http://tinyurl.com/lxtyqjc

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Campaign Contributors Receive New Cover Art by Phillip Carrero!

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Artist Phillip Carrero painted Maggie’s new cover.

MASTER ARTIST PHILLIP CARRERO was so taken by the novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, he was inspired to paint his own version of the book’s cover. Posters of his signed artwork are being awarded to supporters who contribute $50 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign. Donors at this level also will receive a download of the audio performed by Tavia Gilbert. Learn more: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/643182/fblk

Maggie's new cover by Phillip Carrero will adorn future issues of Maggie in print and audiobook.

Carrero’s cover will adorn ‘Maggie’ in print and audiobook.


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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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Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign Begins!

Dear Friends,

Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign has begun!

Preparations for this unique crowdfunding event went off without a hitch. So many sponsors have stepped up to help Maggie’s voice be heard. Now it’s up to you, because most of all, we need your help to make Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook a reality.

Maggie author Grant Overstake, his wife Claire, and vaulter friend, Katie Howard, at Tailwind Pole Vault Club, Jamestown, Kansas.

Grant Overstake, his wife Claire, and vaulter friend, Katie Howard, at Tailwind Pole Vault Club, Jamestown, Kansas.

The story of a gutsy, grieving, farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter has become an instant classic in the pole-vault community. Participants, coaches, parents and followers of the sport have embraced Maggie’s story as their own. The sponsors who’ve stepped up to provide rewards and incentives to help encourage you to join the campaign, they all have been touched personally by the story and want the world to hear it. It will be good for the sport of pole-vaulting. It will be good for the world.

Tavia Gilbert  is a wonderful person and a great talent in the audiobook industry, with accolades that include six Audie Award nominations (the equivalent of the Academy Award for audiobook performance). She has her choice of which books she wants to perform, and Maggie touched her heart:

“I am very proud to be a part of Grant Overstake’s Maggie Vaults over the Moon project. Grant has written an inspiring story of how a young girl uses her passion for a sport to cope with grief and loss, and today he has launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for the audiobook edition, which I will narrate and produce. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has captured the attention of young athletes, parents, coaches, media, and people who care deeply about meaningful, well-told stories for young people. I invite you to check out the fundraising campaign and to contribute to the effort to produce the story in audio. Inspiring stories have an impact, and I’m honored to be a partner in the effort to bring this heartfelt story to new audiences.” — TAVIA GILBERT

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Grand Prize from Gill Athletics: Maggie’s ‘Mean Green Skypole’ and More!

Proud Sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

Proud Sponsor of Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

Gill Athletics, the world’s largest track and field equipment manufacturer, is proud to be the Grand Prize Sponsor of Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

The Grand Prize package, valued at $700, includes a custom-made Mean Green Skypole, like Maggie used to vault over the moon!

TaviaGilbertHeaderWithWordsIn addition to a new pole, you’ll get an awesome Skypole Pole Bag made of heavy duty polyester for extra long life. And, you’ll get a roll of the awesome new Ninja Elite Vaulting Grip Tape designed with thousands of gripping fingers that offer the ability to grip lighter and hold tighter, even in wet and oily conditions. The Grand Prize winner also will receive an audiobook, and a full-size Maggie banner!

It all can be yours for a $400 contribution to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

Here is the link to the campaign site.

SponsorGroupAdditional 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!

These sponsors have joined together to provide rewards for contributors who help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. Tavia’s 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. Continue reading


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Cool Video: Watch Gill Athletics Make Vaulting Poles for Real-Life Maggie Steeles

How It’s Made recently produced a super-cool video segment showing how fiberglass vaulting poles are manufactured at Gill Athletics, GillLogothe largest producer of track and field equipment in the world, including poles like the one used by heroine Maggie Steele in the new teen sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

The ‘Mean Green’ Skypole, made by Gill Athletics, used by Maggie Steele in the inspiring new sports novel, “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.”

It’s no accident that the cover of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon depicts the daring athlete soaring skyward on a lime green Skypole. “We wanted the vaulting segments to be as realistic as possible,” said author Grant Overstake. “So it was a must for Maggie to use a Skypole to pursue the vault of her dreams.”Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

Gill Athletics was delighted to see a wholesome character like Maggie soaring on a Skypole, because it’s the go-to pole for real-life champions, too.

“Gill Athletics is proud to play even a small role in the telling of Maggie’s story,” said Mike Cunningham, National Sales Manager. “The ‘Mean Green’ Skypole has become one of the most popular vaulting poles in high school history; so it is special to see it recognized on the cover of a special book such as Maggie Vaults Over The Moon!

Order your copy of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon!