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Mariam Al Omaira talks barriers and strides for UAE women’s sports

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

By Laura Pappano If you are a girl in the United Arab Emirates the opportunity to play a sport, to compete, to be part of team faces barriers – but the situation is improving, says Mariam Al Omaira of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in Abu Dhabi. Omaira, 28, ...

Culinary Institute of America: Yes, they have intercollegiate sports and yes, the basketball team is co-ed (Q&A with Mackenzie Anderson)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

                  By Ashleigh Sargent In between soufflé and sauce instruction, there's time for athletics. Yes, they do more than cook at the Culinary Institute of America. Since 2004, they've played intercollegiate sports (though no scholarship athletes here). And, unlike most college basketball teams, the CIA Steels are co-ed, thanks to the addition ...

Beyond brooms and butter beer: Quidditch’s social conscience

Friday, November 11th, 2011

By Rachael Goldenberg The fifth Quidditch World Cup happening this weekend on New York City’s Randall’s Island is looking like a bonafide event: 1) tickets are required 2) there is a halftime show, and 3) there are now some 100 teams (2,000 athletes) plus spectators. But even as quidditch looks ever more like ...

Yes, Quidditch is a real (and growing) sport. And passionately coed.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

                              By Laura Pappano It may look like an excuse for college students to gather in a festival atmosphere. And on the surface, Quidditch, the Harry-Potter-inspired sport in which players ride on brooms (ok, run with them between their legs), is a reach. But, then, basketball probably looked odd to those who first ...

Retired soccer power Angela Hucles talks post-play life — work, volunteering & pulling for US National Team (as a fan)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

By Megan Wood Angela Hucles, who retired just over a year ago, was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and Boston Breakers powerhouse who played with the team during both the WUSA and WPS eras. Hucles, a Virginia Beach native, was named the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Soccer ...

Rhode Island women’s B-ball: It’s building time

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

THE PLAYBOOK: Year 2  An occasional series about University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball Team and Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turnaround a losing program. By Laura Pappano The image unfolded as an accident. At a recent practice, a player scrambling to save a ...

At WPS playoff time, goalkeeping counts: what to know (and notice)

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1645" align="aligncenter" width="423" caption="Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher makes a save during practice as coach Tony DiCicco looks on"][/caption] By Laura Pappano In a sport in which 90 minutes of intense play can yield a 0-0 score (say, last Saturday between the Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC), goalkeeping matters -- ...

Growing world women’s sport: Netball. What is netball? Find out.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

By Lindsay Rico After speaking with Urvasi Naidoo about the sport of Netball, only one thing occurred to me: Lebron James could never play this game. Naidoo is the CEO of the IFNA , International Federation of Netball Association, (check out her blog here) and gave me the rundown on Netball ...

Leader of Afghan women’s sport: Playing is political (and potentially life-threatening)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1422" align="alignnone" width="213" caption="Nasrin Arbabzadeh"][/caption] By Sarah Odell and Lindsay Rico Nasrin Arbabzadeh, the leader of the Afghan women's sports delegation, has been actively working for years for the rights of Afghan women to complete in sports. In 2001, she traveled from city to city recruiting women to compete in the ...

Prez of Qatar Women’s Sport Committee talks sport development and wonders: Why all the fuss about full-body covering?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Ahlam Al-Mana, is president of the Women’s Sport Committee in Qatar, which was formed in 2000 and is part of Qatar’s Olympic Committee. Al-Mana, who played handball at Qatar University, earned her degree in physical education. FGN spoke with Al-Mana at the 5th World Conference on Women & ...