January and February flew by. Now it's Madness Time. Just as March weather is unpredictable, so are the NCAA tournament games. Hold onto your hats and support your favorite team. Speaking of teams, I was honored and delighted to be the Keynote Speaker at the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) awards banquet a week ago. Note the photo of me with one of my former point guards who I coached at Ball State. Today's point guards are MUCH taller! But she was a sparkplug off the bench. Every team needs one of them!
I was selected by Medtronic Corporation to run the Medtronic 10-mile race in Minneapolis in October, 2016. They selected 25 athletes from around the world to run. We're called Global Heroes. I was one of 10 Americans picked. All of us who were selected wear implantable medical devices of some type. Mine is a pacemaker for bradycardia (abnormally slow heart rate). EVERYONE....whatever your circumstances, never stop striving to Meet YOUR Match. [With me in the photo is my husband, Jim, who ran with me.]
I recently visited Stanford University and had lunch with my former Indiana University teammate and current Stanford University women's basketball coach, Tara VanDerveer. Tara is a coaching STAR with 2 NCAA championships, several Final Fours and Elite Eights, a 1996 Olympic gold medal, and Hall of Fame memberships. Here we are in her office which is adorned with numerous awards. She is a humble and dedicated coach with whom I was privileged to play. I wrote about playing with Tara in Meeting Her Match.
After some time off for holiday fun and traveling, and devoting endless hours in revising my textbook, I'm back at it. Today I celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day. I celebrate the opportunities girls and women have to be a respected athlete, to be adventurous, and to follow their dreams. While I was writing Meeting Her Match, I was constantly reflecting on my childhood of being called a "tomboy" because I didn't like typical girlie activities. I was the girl on the right.....and I'm proud of it.
Who knew? While traveling this summer I saw this mosaic covering a floor of a room in a villa in Sicily. It dates to the 4th century! Even without Title IX these gals were into their sports! The best part is the artists decided to celebrate them with this intricate, time-consuming mosaic. It's not ESPN, but pretty impressive.
Rev. Mary Ann Macklin was so moved by Meeting Her Match that she spoke about it on an NPR radio program in Indiana. It is awesome how so many people have been affected by my story. So many former women athletes can relate! Click on the link below to hear her 5 minute interview.
While traveling in Europe I was invited to a summer cookout hosted by the Activities Director at Sunny Canadian International School located in Prague, Czech Republic. Since their curriculum has a strong emphasis on English language education, I donated a copy of Meeting Her Match to their school library. I'm now INTERNATIONAL!
I am only ONE of millions of "fierce women!" Check this out: