The sweet taste of soccer victory! The thrill of watching the Liberty at the Garden! The summer of ’99 finds women in sports reaching a new zenith of popularity and prowess. We took to the streets and parks of New York and noticed a wonderful phenomenon: daddies enjoying sports with their toddler daughters, in a fashion until recently reserved for fathers and small sons. Wanna come out
Jose Romero and Monica
Age: 39 and 3
Resides: West Side
Occupation: Restaurant worker
Were you an athlete? Yeah. Soccer and bike riding. But I used to be a big soccer player. I’m from Colombia. Soccer’s big there.
Do you have a sister? Yes.
Did your father play sports with her?
Is playing with daughters a new thing? I think so.
Do you expect her to be an athlete? Yeah.
Ben Neill and Kady
Age: I don’t want to say. Kady: 4
Were you an athlete? I played tennis in high school, some junior high football.
Did your father play sports with you? Yeah. When I was younger. But he didn’t have all that much time.
Is playing with daughters a new thing? There are a lot more working mothers now. And fathers are taking more responsibility. I don’t know if the sports part is new. I guess in our family, I’m more inclined toward athletics. It’s just a natural thing for me to play sports with my daughter. It’s instinctive.
Do you expect her to be an athlete? I don’t expect her to be anything but herself. But I would hope, if anything, that she takes up tennis, so I can have someone to play with.
David Tolley and Elizabeth
Age: 45 and 4
Resides: Upper West Side
Occupation: Financial services
Were you an athlete? Yes. I played high school basketball. I played on a football team that never lost when I played.
Did your father play sports with you?
Is playing with daughters a new thing?
Do you expect her to be an athlete? I try to encourage her mostly for motor coordination.
Kevin Doherty and Bridget
Age: 40 and 4
Were you an athlete? Yeah. Baseball in high school. Some soccer in college.
Do you have a sister? Yeah, two.
Did your father play sports with them?
Is playing with daughters a new thing? There’s more opportunity for girls, not necessarily a new thing.