From grandmother to mother to daughter, the women in our family experienced firsthand the many gifts of sports, but also the academic and professional advantages. Sports gave us a sense of ourselves, our power, and the willingness to dig deep to turn challenging situations around.
As former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice showed the most repellent on-court demeanor since Bobby Knight, outside observers have voiced their annoyance about the rise of dictatorial coaches. However, the fact remains the coach-as-bully is learned behavior and it starts early.
Given that prosecutors occupy a special "quasi-judicial" function, it would seem that a special disciplinary body should be created to investigate misconduct by prosecutors similar to the special disciplinary bodies that investigate the misconduct of judges.
The NCAA is reviling us with the commercials emphasizing that most college athletes are going pro in "something else," but what about those who do turn pro? And what will become of them once their playing days are done?
You get one shot in a competition, so you might as well take it, otherwise there will be a whole lot of "woulda, coulda, shoulda" when you look in the rearview mirror of your day on the field, course, court, hill, or what-have-you.
Finding a good mentor is a smart way to stay on track as your pursue your goals in life. The best role models aren't usually athletes, TV icons, rock stars or supermodels. The best role models are around us and in front of us every day. They are parents and teachers.
In Iraq, a friend and fellow Marine once remarked that gays in the military should to be put on the front lines because "they deserve to die." After leaving the forces and coming out, Carmouche called that friend to say, "I'm one of those people you wanted killed."
More attention to the subject and types of sexual abuse in sports needs to be committed to addressing this topic and to developing an infrastructure that supports the needs of the athletes for a safe and positive environment in sports.
Every year, 21 percent of NBA players retire from basketball, completing an average 4.8 year pro career. Likewise 18 percent of major leaguers, 29 percent of the NFL, 18 percent of the NHL and a quarter of college athletes exit elite sports annually. All face their own transitions.
You don't have to pursue the zone in order to perform at the top of your game. Relieved? I hope so, because only when your mind is free from the burden of trying to find mental clarity, does it leaves space for insights, answers, and excellence to come pouring through.