IS IT WORTH IT: HER CHOICE
Last week, I published the first of part of this two-part series on the utility of womenandrsquo;s sports programs in college.andnbsp; In part I, I reached the conclusion that, for the institutions, the value in womenandrsquo;s sports, in the form of institutional morale, diversity and scholarship, significantly outweighed the financial costs necessary to fund those programs.andnbsp; Therefore maintaining those programs was worth it.andnbsp; As I mentioned, however, the institutions are only half of the equation.andnbsp; In order for womenandrsquo;s college sports to be a viable endeavor, the athletes themselves must also decide that playing sports in college, as opposed to skipping college in pursuit of professional sports careers, is worth the sacrifice of their time, energies, and money.andnbsp; In part II, I examine the utility of college sports form the standpoint of the female athlete.andnbsp;
From the start, I should establish that not all athletes are created equally.andnbsp; That, of course, i [Read More
published December 12, 2013 at 2:58pm EST
IS IT WORTH IT:
Several weeks ago Missy Franklin discussed her experience as a freshman swimmer at Berkley.andnbsp; Nothing earth shattering, right?andnbsp; Not quite.andnbsp; Franklin isnandrsquo;t just any old freshman swimmer, sheandrsquo;s the current world record holder in the 200m backstroke, a 4-time Olympic gold medalist and the current Womenandrsquo;s Sports Foundationandrsquo;s Sportswoman of the Year.andnbsp; Franklinandrsquo;s talents have brought her world class domination and made her eligible to begin to profit from her talents with endorsements, scholarships and prize money.andnbsp; At the age of 17 Franklin could have started her professional career and began developing a very profitable brand, but she didnandrsquo;t.andnbsp; Instead, Franklin set the riches on the backburner and opted for life as an NCAA athlete, a life that provides a free education but strictly forbids profiting off of her talents.andnbsp; She said no to the money.
Not everyone says no to the money.andnbsp; Last month Mary Cain decided on [Read More
published December 3, 2013 at 12:52pm EST
CONDI COMES TO PLAY
Yesterday Executive Director Bill Hancock announced who would sit on the 13-member College Football Playoff and#40;CFPand#41; Selection Committee.andnbsp;andnbsp; The committee, which will pick the four teams that will vie in the playoff for the national championship next year, undoubtedly needed to be filled with heavy hitters who know and appreciate the game of football and the system of college athletics.andnbsp; Well, one thing is for sure, the committee has no shortage of heavy hitters. Hereandrsquo;s a brief introduction:andnbsp;
Jeff Long, Chairman
University of Arkansas-Athletic Director and#40;ADand#41;
AD at Pittsburg and Eastern Kentucky; Played football and baseball for Ohio Wesleyan
University of Wisconsin-AD
Former Nebraska football player; Coached Wisconsin for 16 seasons as the winningest coach in school history
Lt. Gen. Mike Gould
Former superintendent and football pla [Read More
published October 17, 2013 at 8:40pm EDT
BIG 12 WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP COMING TO KANSAS CITY, KIDS CAMP HELD IN CONJUNCTION
KANSAS CITY, MO and#40;October 2, 2013and#41; andndash; For the first time, the Big 12 Womenandrsquo;s Soccer Championship is coming to Kansas City in November and will be held at the new Swope Soccer Village. The inaugural Big 12 Soccer Championship was held in 1996 in St. Louis then moved to San Antonio for 16-straight years. The Kansas City Sports Commission, Sporting KC and the City of Kansas City, Missouri are thrilled to be hosting the Big 12 Womenandrsquo;s Soccer Championship.
"We are excited to be hosting the Big 12 Womenandrsquo;s Soccer Championship at the Swope Soccer Village. This tournament strengthens our long partnership with the Big 12 Conference,andrdquo; said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo. andldquo;I encourage everyone to attend and enjoy this inaugural event at the Swope Soccer Village in the heart of our Cityandrsquo;s largest park."
The Championship will be held November 6, 8 and 10 at the Swope Soccer Village in Swope Park. This is the first year of a two-yea [Read More
published October 2, 2013 at 11:22am EDT
4 TIPS FOR A GREAT TRAINING CAMP
Here it comesandhellip;
andhellip;Training camp is less than 2 weeks away for most teams here in the Toronto area.
So while we enjoy the final few weeks of summer before hockey season goes into full swing, I wanted to pass along a few tips that you can use to make sure that you have a terrific training camp and a great start to the season in September.
:::: 4 Tips For A Great Training Camp ::::
1. Nutrition: Every aspiring young athlete should think of their bodies as a high-performance automobile. Whether they are a Lamborghini, Corvette or Porsche, they have to put the highest quality fuel possible into their tanks in order for the car to perform itandrsquo;s best.andnbsp; If you put low-grade fuel in a fancy car, it will still go, but it wonandrsquo;t work itandrsquo;s best.andnbsp; Itandrsquo;s no different for young athletes. If you put crappy fuel in, you canandrsquo;t expect to have an elite level of performance.andnbsp; The time to start feeding your body with high quality fuel isnandrsquo;t the [Read More
published August 14, 2013 at 12:59pm EDT
WELCOME TO MY QUARTER LIFE CRISIS
It took me 4 years of hard work, multiple and#40;and I mean MULTIPLEand#41; change-of-major request forms, and 2 different bicycles, but I finally did it. I finally graduated college! I am officially a UC Davis alum. Sooooandhellip;now what?
For the past 4 years as a student-athlete, I was able to go to class straight from practice, rocking a t-shirt and sweatpants, without even thinking twice about it. I didnandrsquo;t have to worry about wearing an ounce of makeup during a normal weekday and going to practice every day made avoiding that andlsquo;Freshman 15andrsquo; easier than trying to limit my chocolate chip cookie intake.
Fast forward four years and some odd weeks and here I am, a college graduate as of one week ago, and now I have to figure out how to be a grown-up. With a grown-up job. And a grown-up schedule. And grown-up outfits. I mean, for goodness sakes, I bought a blazer the other day! No longer am I the student studying for midterms anymore, or the athlete competing at meets ever [Read More
published August 9, 2013 at 12:46am EDT