Archive for October, 2010

Connecticut Headed For Philly NCAA Nostalgia?

Four unbeaten national titles, a talent-lode of all-Americans, and an all-time win streak are some of the highlights that have marked the University of Connecticut’s rise to dominance of the collegiate women’s hoops scene since the Huskies hit their stride in 1995 with the first of seven NCAA trophies.

Yet when pressed to list his favorite moments of a Hall of Fame coaching career with the Huskies, Geno Auriemma usually will quickly note two stops in Philadelphia near his Norristown (Pa.) home that are among his favorite memories.

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From Pat

LGBT Student Athletes Taking On Homophobia in College Athletics

I am really excited by several recent news reports about LGBT and ally student athlete led groups on college campuses. Groups at Eastern Michigan, Yale and UPenn have all been featured in recent stories. Other schools that have organized similar groups include Vassar, Purdue and the University of Michigan. There could be more. Those are the ones I know about.

In addition to providing support and visibility for LGBT athletes on campus, these groups are doing trainings for athletes and helping to organizing training for coaches and athletic administrators on their campuses. These campus-based groups join Our Group, a national group of LGBTA student athletes who have similar goals.

I cannot stress enough how important these groups are in making college athletics programs more welcoming and respectful for LGBT athletes. I developed a resource for student athletes who wanted to start a group like this on their campuses which is available here.

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Mechelle on Swoopes: Sheryl Swoopes still waiting for farewell

Sheryl Swoopes doesn’t want to sound angry. She’s past that, she says. And besides, what’s the point?

But the problem is, it does bother her. Swoopes, one of the founding players of the WNBA along with Lisa Leslie and Rebecca Lobo, has never gotten her fond farewell from the league.

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In honor of Halloween

A “costume” flashback: Vanderbilt basketball in 1910. Can you imagine where our game would be if it hadn’t been all but wiped out in the mid-30’s?

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this email — I have no idea why you didn’t (I didn’t), but here it is:

Dear (season subscriber that has already re-upped),

Please accept this letter as an official invitation for you and a guest to join me in a suite at the Prudential Center on Wednesday, November 3rd at 7:00pm as the NJ Nets take on the Charlotte Bobcats. I would like to take this opportunity to get to know some of our fans, and you are one of them. Please note, however, that strings are attached! It will be my goal to get you so excited about this team that you will choose to become part of our 2011 Liberty Season Subscriber family by the end of the evening.

I am so happy that my family and I are now part of the “Liberty Family.” Our team plays the game with great passion and enthusiasm, and as the former coach of the Sacramento Monarchs, I’ve always loved the atmosphere of a Liberty crowd. As we move to “The Rock” in Newark, our team is excited to keep all of the old Garden traditions while creating new ones with you in a brand new environment.

Under the leadership of Rutgers alumnus Cappie Pondexter, I can promise you that some of the new “traditions” will be an attacking offense, hard-nosed defense and a lot of turnovers by the opposing team!

So, please be my guest on Wednesday the 3rd at the Prudential Center to learn more about each other, the new state-of-the-art building, and how you can become a part of the 2011 season. Space is limited, so please RSVP today to Jaime Sparling (Jaime.Sparling@thegarden.com or 212-465-3901).

Thanks for your support and see you at The Rock!

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Evans’ inspiration goes beyond basketball

There’s a big-time basketball player fighting a courageous battle that most people probably have never heard of.

In this town, Dawn Evans is well known. Around the country, Evans has built a reputation as one of the nation’s deadliest shooters and a sure-fire WNBA lottery pick. Some may argue the James Madison point guard could be a No. 1 selection depending on the team and that team’s need.The question for Evans isn’t if she belongs, it’s if she can play.

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Think Pink!

From the Dodge City Daily Globe: WNBA players highlight charity event


It was Team White against Team Black. In the end, the only color that mattered was pink.

The WEPAC Alliance – a Southwest Kansas organization that includes the
communities of Wilmore, Ellinwood, Protection, Ashland and Coldwater – hosted its second annual Hoops for Hope charity basketball event at South Central High School Friday night to raise money for cancer-preventative treatments in those communities.

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