An exhilarating exposition of how young urban women can actively develop themselves through sports.
"A classic inspirational film that provides valuable lessons about dealing with disappointment, keeping hope, being persistent, handling trouble and developing self discipline."
Focusing on their hopes and aspirations,this upbeat film movingly shows how the rigorous training helps to produce more than just muscle, but a positive self-identity and pride. A young man returns to his community after college and decides to do something about the alcoholism, drugs and teen pregnancies he sees everywhere. He starts a girls track club for ages 6-16, and instilling the spirit of "I CAN", The Flashettes becomes more than a team, but a second family, building self-confidence and self-respect for its members.
"An exciting and moving film that has something to say to everyone about women and sports, pain and exhilaration, the individual and society. See it."
"A beautiful film that shows how a sports experience can create a whole new lifestyle. This film is useful not only in the field of sports, but as a motivational film raising social consciousness about fellowship and leadership in terms young people will accept and adult audiences will enjoy."
"An excellent film filled with humor, excitement, sensitivity, and human insight."
"Documenting a feeling of positive optimism, a sense of "I can" that predicts that those first trophies won at track meets will be just a beginning for these girls, this film will inspire leaders and future leaders."
"The Flashettes endear us with their high spirits and charm, with their openness and determination. This little gem of a movie should be shown to physical fitness folks, urban coalitions, dreamy under-privileged kids and stubborn adults across the country. It is a true celebration... a celebration of possibilities and of youth and hope."
"Civic responsibility motivates Andre Beverly to coach an all-girl, multi-age track team in his neighborhood of Bed Stuy. Big-brotherly Beverly, a New York City Health Department employee by day, explains his commitment to his athletes: 'It means they don't have to die in the ghetto.' Twenty minutes of exhilarating, unsentimental uplift, The Flashettes focuses on Beverly's track stars, suited up in cherry-red uniforms, at a meet at Downing Stadium (Home of the New York Cosmos) on Randall's Island. Teenage long-jumpers, sprinters, and middle-distance runners talk of Wilma Rudolph as an inspiration and dream of being the first in their family to go to college, while severely cash-strapped mothers note that the $10 in monthly dues is worth it."