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It is time for the UConn women to play against the guys?

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

By Laura Pappano Obviously, the UConn Women's Basketball team under coach Geno Auriemma isn't merely good. They are dominant. Of 20 games played so far, they have won 14 of by more than 30 points (including four by more than 50 points). The closest game was a 12-point win over Stanford. So ...

Where are the moms? Why daughters need them coaching youth sports.

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

By Emilie Liebhoff It bugs me. I drive by the fields in my town – and I only see men coaching the soccer teams.  Don’t get me wrong. It’s wonderful when dads share quality time with their daughters and sons. But where are the moms? Even in the backyard, it’s dad shooting ...

Does ponytail pull sully the wholesome vibe of women’s sports? Is that OK?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Laura Pappano NM soccer player Elizabeth Lambert’s hair yanking, punching, and nasty behavior have gone viral. She’s being labeled the “dirtiest player” in women’s soccer and – depending on who’s writing or talking – all of women’s sports. What makes Lambert’s behavior so outrageous (aside from being captured on video) is ...

Why doesn’t the POTUS see the power in pick-up?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Is it a problem that White House b-ball games with the president are male-only affairs? Or that, according to the New York Times story yesterday that since taking office President Obama has played 23 rounds of golf – and none (based on records kept by a CBS reporter) ...

Coaching Primer: More Women with Pro-Hoop Dreams and Thoughts on Success from the Best

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

The Playbook is an ocassional series on University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball team and head coach Cathy Inglese as she works to turn around a losing program. THE PLAYBOOK By Laura Pappano Go ahead and debate whether or not it’s a good thing, but women’s college basketball is changing: Young women don't ...

Take a Knee: Teen Girls Talk B-Ball, Leadership, Life

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Because we can all benefit from hearing serious young female athlete voices, we connected with three talented basketball players who just finished nine days at the summer academy run by the non-profit SportsChallenge Leadership & Education Alliance in Washington, D.C. Director Molly Hellerman (a former college athlete and pro soccer ...

Budget Crisis Special: Forget pay to play, consider pay to watch (and not just HS football)

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

By Laura Pappano School districts are sweating. Budgets are tight and they are cutting in the same old places, including middle and high school sports. (A recent American Association of School Administrators survey shows the proportion of school districts cutting extracurricular activities, including sports, will triple from 10 to 28 percent ...