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Sport practice is more than prep for play; it’s nation building!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

By Mariah Philips It is another dark morning, 4:30 a.m., when I force my feet out of bed and onto the cold hardwood floor. It is time for softball practice and, before that, the pre-practice heating pad that will loosen up my shoulder so I can throw and bat. It takes discipline ...

Sharing the Hardwood: Mixed Sex Ball Plans Excitement and Equity

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

By Mariah Philips Professional sports have long been segregated by sex, so what happens when men and women play on the same team? In a high-profile sport like professional basketball? We are about to find out. The Mixed Gender Basketball Association, MGBA, Inc., has a mission of integrating both men and women ...

Thai women grab volleyball title; find focus on their looks

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Mariah Philips The elation of a surprise victory is universal – and infectious. The emotion is so powerful that it doesn't matter where in the world you are, what team it is – or the sex of the players. Everyone loves a come-from-behind winner on the international sports stage, whether it’s America’s ...

Good surprise: Final Four basketball not just for top seeds anymore

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

                    By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips What does it mean for a #5 seed team like Louisville to be in the Final Four? That favorite Baylor was out early? Women’s college basketball fans seldom get to watch a regional seed lower than #3 make it to the Final Four. Sure, on the ...

Warm-up playlist: Time to get pumped up without being put down

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips Get ready, it’s game day!!!!! As you prepare mentally and physically, you want help getting into your zone. Which songs pop up on the warm-up playlist? Chances are, messages of female empowerment and gender equality are not major themes in your favorite jams. In fact, it might ...

Women and weights: Don’t hate on me because I’m strong

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

  By Mariah Philips After an hour-long 6 a.m. lift, I can feel my hands shaking, residual adrenaline pumping through my veins. Sweat trickles down the side of my temple. My muscles are limp from exhaustion.  But the most prominent thing I feel when I walk out of the weight room is pride, ...

Sizing up ND vs. BU (what won it and what the final will look like)

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish took down perennial powerhouse UConn in overtime to advance to the National Championship for the second year in a row.  Behind the leadership of Skylar Diggins, who finished the night with 19 points, Notre Dame forced the game into overtime ...