Traveling Your Own Path

Elena Delle Donne is a WNBA player for the Washington Mystics. She has quite a resume. She was the WNBA MVP in 2015 and is a multiple year all-star. She led her team to the NBA Finals this year. She also earned a gold medal playing for the 2016 USA squad. Coming out of high school, Elena was the top-ranked …

Referee Publicly Shames Parents for Behaving Badly

Youth referee, Brian Barlow, has had enough of overzealous parents. He says parents are aggressive and critical. They yell at refs, over-coach their children from the sidelines and sometimes fight parents from other teams. This type of poor parental behavior has gone too far. He now runs a website that “publicly shames parents.” He pays $100 for videos that show …

A Role Model and an Inspiration!

Before Ariel Puent was born, she developed a rare condition in the womb.  This condition is called Amniotic Band Syndrome, and it cut off blood flow to her arm. She was born with an abbreviated arm, ending just where you would expect to see an elbow. However, Ariel says, “I wasn’t born with a disability, but rather a gift.” As a …

NFL Player Retires (Quits) At Halftime

In week 2, Vontae Davis, a 10-year NFL pro bowl veteran, retired at halftime. Near the end of the first half, he pulled himself out of the game. At halftime, he took off his football uniform and pads. He informed the coaching staff that he was done, retiring. He walked out and never returned. In a subsequent statement, he said …

“I Didn’t Think About the Consequences”

Several teenagers went to the local bridge at Moulton Falls, just outside their hometown of Vancouver, Washington. Some teenagers choose to jump off the 60 foot bridge into the water below. On this August day, several of her friends had already jumped. Jordan Holgerson stood on the exposed edge of the bridge. She was caught between wanting to jump and …

Double Standard in Tennis or Cultural Norm?

Here’s one more tennis story for you. At the U.S. Open, Alize Cornet was about to resume her match in the 3rd set and looked down to realize that her shirt was on backwards. She turned away from the cameras and discretely took off her shirt to put it on correctly. The chair umpire issued a code violation for unsportsmanlike …

Serena Williams – Poor Sport or Class Act?

Serena Williams played Naomi Osaka in the final round of the U.S. Open for the opportunity to become the Women’s Singles 2018 Champion. To win, the victor has to win two out of three sets. Osaka won the opening set, 6-2 and was up a break in the second set. At this point, the umpire provided Serena a warning for …

Football, Politics and Advertising

Nike has announced that they will release a new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback. Kaepernick is most known for protesting police brutality and inequality by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games. This protest sparked a national debate, one that is still raging today. The new Nike ad says, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” …

The Role of Leaders in Domestic Violence Cases

Head football coach, Urban Meyer has been suspended by Ohio State University for three games without pay. The athletic director was also suspended for a similar length of time. This is the outcome of an in-depth investigation to understand the domestic violence issues of a former assistant coach, Zach Brown and his estranged wife. It is alleged that Zach Brown …

Welcome – Sports Blog 2018

This is the first week of the Student Athlete Program. This program is designed to improve the character, sportsmanship and leadership of high school athletes.  This program should be fun and engaging. It is not supposed to be “one more thing” or “something you have to do.”  Each week we will focus on a different trait.   Season 1 Season …