For FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, soccer transcends religious, gender and racial barriers. It was during her 21-year humanitarian career with the United Nations, where she supported peace and fostered gender equality efforts in disaster-prone countries, that she witnessed the sport’s power to unify communities and drive social change. While addressing FIFA’s 2018 Conference for … Continue reading "Why FIFA’s Fatma Samoura Thinks Soccer Can Change The World"
It is hard to imagine a time when USA Basketball did not dominate the international game. In the early 1990s, the United States Women’s National Team suffered embarrassing losses at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and the ensuing FIBA World Championship in 1994. Those subpar performances served as wakeup calls to USA Basketball that it … Continue reading "How USA Basketball And Dawn Staley Are Keeping Women In The Game"
After years of interviewing and studying women in sports, I’ve learned one commonality exists among female athletes – they do not want to be treated any differently than their male counterparts. And if you were to ask Nneka Ogwumike, President of the WNBA Player’s Association and 2016 MVP, she would prefer that you drop “female” from her … Continue reading "The WNBA Is Sorry, Not Sorry"
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), more high school girls played volleyball (444,779) than basketball (430,368) in 2016-2017. Further, in the past decade, NFHS’s data shows an increase of more than 400,000 volleyball players and a decrease of 23,000 basketball players. As more girls set aside collegiate basketball recruiting letters … Continue reading "As Volleyball Participation Grows, The AVP Tour Readies For The Future"