Alex Rance is in the sweet spot of an already distinguished career as a professional Australian Rules footballer. Rance, 25, a star defender with the Richmond Tigers who was named in last season's All Australian team, also happens to be a Jehovah's Witness.
Champions like Tiger Woods are always charting and changing their course to be certain everything is on track. Tiger didn't just come to Augusta because it was the popular thing to do. He wouldn't have showed up if he wasn't ready to win. He came to win and he's prepared to win.
Perhaps more than any other group, athletes have fully embraced sleep as a performance enhancement tool. Top athletes are, of course, all about results. So there's no better place than the world of sports to see the tangible effects of sleep (including pre-game naps) on performance.
In the weeks leading up to the mother of all football events, the Super Bowl, there was no shortage of defining moments for me to tell my 13-year-old twin athletes: "Be humble -- first, last and always."
The other night I put aside this pessimism as my eyes opened to some truly amazing stories of humanity in sports. If you want to see what is still great about athletes, just attend a local Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Sport and play are our instincts and a human need. Events like the Olympics show us sport's ability to transcend our differences and unite us -- both in victory and defeat. Athletes are the carriers of that power.
Men seem to hug on the basketball court, but why are some men afraid to embrace on a busy street corner? Join me and Sylvia Harvey, producer of Out of Bounds, as we tackle the topics of male-to-male affection and black masculinity.
There were times when women were limited in their athletic endeavors and it was not that long ago. We have to keep educating the next generation of girls so that we can continue to thrive and experience anything and everything life has to offer.