The WNBA Celebrates 15 Years Today

(Editor's Note: Today marks a milestone in the history of the WNBA. Fifteen years ago, the league launched with a game between the Los Angeles Sparks and the New York Liberty. Tonight, the two teams face off again to mark the league's anniversary. The re-match is on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. Eastern. Journalist Ben York, who covers women's basketball for Slam Online, takes a look at where the league started and where it is today. ~jane)WNBA Image Credit: Damen Jackson/Cal Sport Media/ ...more

US Open - Top Five Memories

Mia M. Jackson •  Sideline Pass • Up close and sporty! Rory McIlroy rocked the U.S. Open with a record 16 under par. Until Sunday, I’d watched many a round of golf from the comfort of home. Thanks to one of SP Dads, I was at the tournament close enough to witness golf history, duck to avoid errant swings and want to hit that guy who screams “it’s in the hole.”  Quickly, here are my top five U.S. Open memories:...more

Girl Pitcher: An Ode to my Daughter on Father's Day

"Girl Pitcher" by Gary Sementelli, father of baseball player Marti Sementelli. A video tribute to dads and daughters everywhere for Father’s Day. ...more

Love Love Love it you just captured how I feel about my GIRL PITCHER... So don't forget there ...more

Women at Wimbledon: 2011 Preview

The French Open provided a lot of excitement earlier this month, but Wimbledon is setting up some heart-racing story lines as well. It's been a bumpy road for the women's tour lately so it will be interesting to see how things shake out at the All England Club....more

Is the NEA and WWE’s Anti-Bullying Campaign a Good Idea?

(Editor's Note: Internationally recognized author and educator Rosalind Wiseman plays devil's advocate when taking a look at a new anti-bullying program. Might it be a tad hypocritical for the WWE, well-known for over-the-top, scripted fights that advocate violence against characters based on race, gender and/or sexual orientation, to get involved with bullying prevention?)She writes:What if I told you that World Wrestling Entertainment had partnered with the National Education Association to do an anti-bullying campaign?...more

Sounds like formula companies encouraging breastfeeding and cigarette companies proclaiming the ...more

Dear Parents... from a Disgruntled Soccer Coach

(Editor's Note: If you've ever coached youth sports, then you'll know where this mom is coming from. Hopefully, the team will find a replacement next season, or at least a helpful assistant coach. ~jane) ...more

Keep Title IX Alive: Parents Can Be Effective Advocates

With Title IX’s 40th anniversary next year, there’s good reason to celebrate this landmark legislation that has caused a revolution in sports and throughout education. The law – a mere 37 words in total – provides equal access for men and women in federally-funded education programs and activities, including sports. Since Title IX’s passage, men’s and women’s sports participation opportunities have increased substantially....more
thanks for pointing these lastest maneuvers in skirting gender equality in education -- seems ...more

Having my own "play" time and not living through my child

So I started playing tennis again. And as I played, I couldn’t believe how much it meant to me. Because I was truly having unadulterated fun: a feeling I think I tend to deprive myself of. Oh, and my nine-year-old daughter felt relieved. Here’s the story. After occasionally playing for the past 25 years and previously playing for my high school team, I finally decided to get back in the game. I signed up for a weekly doubles clinic, and you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face the whole time I played...which must have been super annoying to the other players for an hour and a half....more

what a great post. i've been wanting to get back into soccer lately. when i was at my nephew's ...more

Can The WWE's Kharma Crush Stereotypes in Women’s Wrestling?

(Editor's Note: WWE Superstars can be women, as is evidenced by Kia Michelle Stevens, who goes by the stage name Kharma, and was formerly known as Awesome Kong. But what happens when said superstar becomes pregnant? Do her WWE bosses, and her fans, still support her? Adios Barbie contributing editor Ashley-Michelle Papon takes a closer look at Kharma's career.) Can Kharma Crush Stereotypes in Women’s Wrestling? ...more

How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Throwing caution to the wind and hiking a trail that is 2,179 miles long is not something you do lightly. The Appalachian Trail was conceived of by Benton MacKaye in 1921, finally completed in 1937 and is now the narrowest national park in the United States. ...more
I want to do this so bad!  My husband and I have decided that when our kids are older we will ...more