When former University of Tennessee 3x All-American, Nicole Stoltenberg, and IRONMAN, Todd Stoltenberg became parents, they struggled to find bedtime books for their two boys that aligned with their lifestyle and introduced sports at a young age. As lifelong athletes, reading books about farm animals night after night was not making the cut. This is where the vision for a baby and toddler touch-and-feel sports book began. They joined forces with illustrator Brandon Minch, a former college and French pro-league football player, to create You Can Play Sports, promoting sensory awareness, vocabulary association, and diversity in a fun, tangible format that children adore.
Children’s access to sports and the lessons sports build are imperative to the mission of You Can Play Sports; therefore, a portion of every book's proceeds will be donated to Good Sports, an organization that gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel, and footwear to those most in need.