Articles matching tag: Female Athletes

  1. Column: Justice Served In Nassar CaseDecember 14, 2017

    “Today, the justice feels very incomplete.” Those words were uttered by Rachael Denhollander after Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison. Denhollander was the first person to publicly accuse Nassar, a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and the Michigan State University gymnastics team, of sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts – one of whom was only 9 years old - under the guise of medical treatment. What would constitute justice for a monster who sexually abused hundreds of girls and women? More importantly, what should justice look like to Nassar’s victims? The sentence virtually guarantees that Nassar will spend his remaining life behind bars. Is that sufficient punishment when it will take his victims years, if not a lifetime, to heal from the wounds he inflicted upon them?

  2. Column: Sharapova Tests Positive For Banned SubstanceMarch 17, 2016

    As drugs go, this one was at least easy to spell and easy to pronounce: Meldonium. But it is no less dangerous to an athlete than a drug that is difficult to pronounce and impossible to spell, like tetrahydrogestrinone, a drug that many athletes have been accused and/or convicted of taking, including former track star Marion Jones. If you don’t believe that, just ask Maria Sharapova. Last week Sharapova called a press conference to announce that she had failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open. Meldonium, which was developed in Latvia decades ago, is used to treat ischemia, a lack of blood flow to an organ, and neurodegenerative disorders. Sharapova said she had been using the drug - with a doctor’s prescription - for over a decade to treat a magnesium deficiency. She also said her family had a history of diabetes.

  3. Column: Female Athletes More Successful at Work Than Non-AthletesFebruary 25, 2016

    A 2014 survey of college graduates found that female athletes were more successful post-graduation than their contemporaries who were non-athletes. The survey of 30,000 college graduates was commissioned by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and conducted by the Gallup-Purdue Index. The primary goal of the survey was to determine the value of a college education. One key finding of the survey was that being involved with a mentor, a community or a long-term project while in school was important to future success. After the survey was published, the NCAA hired Gallup to dig deeper into the numbers as they related to student-athletes. The results of their work were released last week.

  4. Column: NCAA Says Mo'ne Davis Can Be Paid for Chevy AdOctober 27, 2014

    If you’ve been watching the World Series on Fox you may have been surprised by what you saw on the screen. No, I’m not referring to the outstanding defensive plays turned in by players on both teams, or the Kansas City Royals’ shutdown bullpen in the late innings. Based on the pre-series scouting reports those are things we should have expected. What was unexpected was seeing Mo’ne Davis starring in her very own Chevy commercial. The 13-year old Davis took the nation by storm with her talent and personality during the Little League World Series which was broadcast live on ESPN in August. After leading her Philadelphia Taney Dragons team to Williamsport, Davis appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which certainly increased her exposure and no doubt spurred higher magazine sales. It comes as no surprise that Chevrolet would want to recruit the girl-wonder to help them sell automobiles, even though she’s too young to drive one.