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
MY ATHLETE LIFE BY @EMILYAZEVEDO
My life as an athlete has been a small amount of luck, a hell of a lot of hard work and an indefinite amount of sacrifice.andnbsp; I wish I could say that an Olympic athleteandrsquo;s life is as glamorous as society would assume, but our jobs are a bit unorthodox and often times leave us with no stability. When I started sliding I never expected this being a andlsquo;careerandrsquo; choice that was going to make me money, but instead I was lured in my the idea of competing for my country.andnbsp; After my first season in the sport I had 12 cents in my bank account.andnbsp; Thanks to the support of my hometown Chico, California I was able to raise money and train full time as an athlete.andnbsp; This ultimately helped for me to get the training equipment and coaching I needed to make the 2010 Olympic Team.andnbsp; I remember lying wide awake in bed after walking in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in 2010.andnbsp; I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning.andnbsp;andnbsp; This was the moment I [Read More
published July 29, 2013 at 10:33am EDT
NCAA VS. O'BANNON COULD CHANGE COLLEGE SPORTS AS WE KNOW IT
There's an article worth reading from Steve Berkowitz at USA Today about the finances of Division I athletics departments.* Only 23 of 228 athletics departments at NCAA Division I schools are financially self sufficient - that means that the athletics program at the school can generate enough money to pay for its own expenses.* The rest had to be subsidized - this means that they got money either from:aand#41; the state government,band#41; the school and#40;non-athleticsand#41;, orcand#41; student fees.Even from these 23 schools, 16 of them took a subsidy in addition to their revenues from athletics. Ten of those 16 took more subsidy money in 2012 than they did in 2011.That article should be read before you read the one from Dick Weiss over at Blue Star Media.The article is about NCAA vs. O'Bannon. A good writeup about that case was by Andy Staples over at Sports Illustrated. In effect, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon sued the NCAA for using his likeness. The NCAA can show reruns [Read More
published July 22, 2013 at 11:00am EDT
SO YOU WANT TO BE A COACH?
"So you want to be a coach?" This is a common question asked to student-athletes when their eligibility is finished and they have graduated. Sports are a major part of student-athletes' lives so coaching seems to be the obvious profession upon graduation. They think that because they were with their coach nearly everyday at practice that they understand the daily demands of being a coach. Coaching seems to be awesome because head coaches get paid the big bucks. What many student-athletes do not understand is the business side and the time demands of coaching.andnbsp;
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association and#40;WBCAand#41; understands that coaching is a tough profession and that many student-athletes think that they want to be coaches so they have created an informative program for women's basketball players to educate them on being a coach. The So You Want to be a Coach Program takes place at the Final Four each year. The WBCA brings in about 50 participants that have expired [Read More
published July 23, 2013 at 4:34pm EDT
CALLING ALL ATHLETES!
Elite athletes are constantly under a media microscope and are considered role models in the eyes of society regardless if it is something they desire. In a world where the tragic stories of Aaron Hernandez and Oscar Pistorious are whatandrsquo;s spread over the television or news of the performance enhancing drug scandals of Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez and most recent Tyson Gay are the top stories, it is easy to question if athletes should be considered role models.
So often the media focuses their attention on the negatives of sport rather than the positive. In a society that places importance on the number of twitter followers rather than performance, I think it is time that athletes step up and take being a role model more seriously. Obviously, as we have seen all athletes are human and are not immune to making wrong life choices. Because of this it is even more important for us to reach out to our communities and give kids something positive to emulate.
Many athletes have [Read More
published July 17, 2013 at 4:19pm EDT
NOW INTRODUCING: MARISSA KASTANEK!
My name is Marissa Kastanek and I am a new blogger on Women Talk Sports. I am taking this opportunity on my first blog to introduce myself and give a preview of some the topics I will be discussing in my blogs. Thank you for taking time to read my posts and I will do my best to write about some thought provoking topics that can improve the game of women's basketball.andnbsp;
I grew up on a farm in small town Nebraska where I played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and ran track. I went to high school at Crete High School and Lincoln Southeast High School where I accumulated on state championship in track and one in basketball. I played summer basketball with the Cornhusker Shooting Stars.andnbsp;
I attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina where I majored in Psychology and obtained three minors: Spanish, Sports Science, and Coaching Education. I played basketball for the Wolfpack Women from 2009-2013 and was a four year starter.andnbsp;
I w [Read More
published July 15, 2013 at 2:02pm EDT