5 Leadership Lessons You Learned Playing Sports

Good leadership is one of those things that’s hard to describe, but we know it when we see it. We all aspire to lead well – whether it’s at our company, non-profit or community – but it’s hard to know what that looks like day-to-day. The good news is that leadership is not an innate talent – it’s something we can work on to improve.

For those of you who have played sports, you are already ahead of the game. Here are five leadership principles you learned on the field, the court, the green, the pitch…you get the point. Continue reading “5 Leadership Lessons You Learned Playing Sports”

The 2019 World Cup Was Awesome — But There’s Still a Lot of Work To Do

Rapinoe from the penalty spot. Lavelle making sure everyone remembered her name for scoring the last goal of the tournament – and a beauty of a goal at that. The 2019 World Cup was euphoria in so many ways, especially for those of us who had the privilege of cheering on our USWNT as they conquered the field to bring the World Cup trophy home once again. We discuss it in our recent blog – some of the killer matches, the players and teams who made history, the record roaring crowds, and the momentum for important international equality issues like the glaring pay gap between male and female players. And yet there are still issues – including the pay gap – that loom large over women’s soccer. Issues that we should not, and cannot, forget for another four years.

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Why This World Cup Matters (Even After the Final Game)

The World Cup is one of the most incredible tournaments in existence, and every four years we get to experience another month of greatness unfolding before us, match by match, save by save, and goal by goal. But the 2019 FIFA World Cup has some really special things about it that make it one we’ll remember for many years to come — and not just for the introduction of VAR. Read on to remember the killer matches, the athletes and squads who made history this Cup, the booming fan bases, what still needs to be improved, and the road ahead for women’s soccer/football around the world.

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Your Basic Soccer Lingo

The 2019 World Cup started last week. You’ve seen the hype. You’ve heard about some of the key players. But maybe you didn’t play soccer, and are a little fuzzy on some of the rules and terms you hear thrown around during any given match.

Well don’t worry, this quick guide to basic soccer lingo will make sure you know what those commentators are talking about during this World Cup and beyond.

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Your Quick Guide to the 2019 FIFA World Cup

June snuck up on you. And you’ve been hearing about the 2019 FIFA World Cup, in which the twenty-four best women’s national soccer teams in the world will compete for glory in the greatest soccer tournament in the world. It’s the pinnacle of any soccer player’s career. And it starts this week.

You may be totally new to following professional soccer, or know every player since the tournament began in 1991. Either way, here’s a quick rundown of the groups, the schedule, and the players to watch. Continue reading “Your Quick Guide to the 2019 FIFA World Cup”

5 Ways Playing Sports Taught You How to be a Good Friend

I like choosing a word of the year because it’s more flexible than a resolution. This year the word I chose is “relationships.” Coming off of getting my MBA while working full-time, I was in the red as far as giving time to the people in my life. And I wanted to prioritize them this year.

As the months have come and gone since January, I’ve paid attention to a few things that make a true friend. The best relationships in my life are built on simple things I first learned while playing sports. It’s back to the basics here – the fundamentals of friendship!

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A League of Their Own: The Real Story Behind Women’s Baseball

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”

– Yogi Berra

Baseball, of course, is America’s favorite pastime. It’s also where women’s professional sports leagues began in the United States.

If you’ve seen the 1992 Hollywood hit “A League of Their Own,” you’ve gotten a good, albeit somewhat fictionalized, introduction to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the first women’s professional sports league of its kind. Formed in 1943 by Philip K. Wrigley — the gum man, the Cubs man, and apparently the women’s baseball man! — the AAGPBL ran for 11 years until 1954.

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Equal Play but Unequal Display: Why the CWHL Shutdown is Tragic and Unacceptable, Yet Unsurprising

I really thought we were past this point. I really hoped that enough people were investing in, watching and respecting women’s professional sports leagues now that these leagues would have enough support to expand, not fold. Unfortunately, this was not the case last weekend when the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) announced that it will discontinue operations on May 1.

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Welcome to She Plays: A Letter from the Founder

Have you ever heard the phrase “You play ball like a girl!” used as an insult? We have too. Throughout our lives. But the fact is, playing ball like a girl isn’t insulting. There are incredible, intelligent, insanely talented female athletes around the world and we want their voices to be heard. We want future generations of boys and girls to know that they can look up to athletes (male AND female) and see someone they can admire.

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