The Day I Heard Her Dad Tell Her, "Not Bad for a Girl"

"Not bad for a girl." It made me cringe from the top of my head down the tips of my blue-painted toenails. Words spoken by a father to his little girl about her belt promotion in karate. It wasn't meant to be mean. He was just kidding. It was their little inside joke. He couldn't be prouder, actually. But he still said the words. And she still heard them. ...more
You would be amazed how the chauvenistic streak is still present in the UK tennis scene.  Think ...more

The Problem with Domestic and Sexual Violence PSAs at the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl

The fight to address violence against women is having a pop culture moment, literally trending last night during the Grammys and last week when the NFL aired an ad for the NO MORE Campaign during the Super Bowl.  ...more
I think she makes good points, but I still think the PSA's are good. It's just that they need ...more

14-Year-Old Snowboarder Chloe Kim Brings Youth and Diversity to the X Games

In another life, I'd love to be a expert snowboarder, but in this life I'll have to settle for living vicariously through Chloe Kim. Over the weekend, 14-year-old Chloe Kim became—not only the youngest woman or the first Asian American—but the YOUNGEST PERSON EVER to win at the X Games, the biggest annual event in boardsports. ...more
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It’s All In The Timing: Sending Out the Highlight Video

Chances you have taken the time spent the money and have created a highlight video to use as a marketing tool to the college coaches.    Often parents along with their talented athletes create a preliminary list of schools and send the highlight video out in a mass mailing.  Then they wait. Nothing happens, they wait a little more. ...more

7 Signs your kid’s recruiting is in Jeopardy

There is much confusion around knowing when a coach is really recruiting a student athlete.  While this is one of the major considerations, there are other indicators that your child’s recruiting journey is off track and it can be early on in the process....more

HOW TO REJECT AN OFFER GRACIOUSLY

Whether your child has had two or more offers in the final days of recruiting, your child may not always feel connected and inclined to make a commitment to a coach or college team.  As a mom, you are often in tune to which way your child is leaning toward before they are.  It’s not easy to turn down an offer, b...more

5 Do’s and Don’ts for Contacting the Recruiting Coach

As an athletic recruiting specialist, I am frequently asked when should we start contacting the coaches and how. Relationship building is a very important piece to your child’s athletic recruiting process. This “reach out” strategy is what can keep you on the radar of a recruiting coach for the duration of your child’s recruiting period....more

60 mph at 60 Years Old?

My friend Linda is a dare devil. I know this because she's always wanting to do things that would scare a normal person....more

Tech Suits Rip, Goggles Break: A Life Lesson From My Daughter

“I'll get the next one.” This sentence is a quote from a paragraph my daughter wrote last weekend on an Instagram post. Just typing it caused my eyes to fill with tears, as it summarizes who my daughter is - and how we should all strive to live life....more

How to feed the familia quickly so you can get back to your running

Getting food on the table on a daily basis is a struggle in and of itself. Add the challenge of getting it done, plus squeezing in a run or workout and, well, something’s gotta give and often it’s the exercise.Let’s stipulate that we’re all very, very busy.That’s where I come in. In the interest of full disclosure, this chica is blessed that her kids’ abuela makes dinner on weeknights....more

Make Amends - Honoring #1000Speak

I’m not just a writer, I am also a roller derby referee. This is my second year and sometimes it’s hard to be new among such a well-established team of officiating professionals.  And, no, we aren’t getting paid, trust me, no ref is getting rich off of roller derby, but we are professional in spirit and in our practice.  For us, it’s not just about officiating, it’s about doing it with excellence.  Mediocrity is for chumps. ...more

Woman Up

 Maybe I’m a prude. So be it....more

The Day I Heard Her Dad Tell Her, "Not Bad for a Girl"

"Not bad for a girl." It made me cringe from the top of my head down the tips of my blue-painted toenails. Words spoken by a father to his little girl about her belt promotion in karate. It wasn't meant to be mean. He was just kidding. It was their little inside joke. He couldn't be prouder, actually. But he still said the words. And she still heard them. ...more
You would be amazed how the chauvenistic streak is still present in the UK tennis scene.  Think ...more