The month of March marks a global celebration of women's talents, achievements and contributions to society. Every year, since the United Nations proclaimed March 8th International Women's Day in 1977, organizations around the world host a variety of events honoring those with a double x chromosome.
This year has seen several female athletes shine for South Korea, led by Olympic figure skating
champion Kim Yu-na. In the FIFA U-17 Women`s World Cup that wrapped this weekend, Yeo Min-ji earned
the Golden Shoe as leading scorer and Golden Ball as the tournament`s top player. Teammate Jang
Seul-gi became another instant hero by slotting in the winning shot.
By Julia Darnton, Assistant Director of Operations, Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls
Up until age 5, I thought everyone's parents were competitive cross-country skiers. In my family, I was used to my parents hiring a sitter for me and my two younger brothers so they could train for their next 50-kilometer ski marathon.
Believe it or not, not every girl is a damsel in distress looking for Prince Charming. The days
when girls were expected to play with dolls, wear pink dresses, have perfect hair, and be quiet and
clean are long gone. Â For many girls, role models aren't delicate princesses but kick-butt women
who surf twenty- foot waves, dunk basketballs, sail off vert ramps, hit homeruns, beat guys on the
motor track and more.
Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly, by Marcos Brindicci/Reuters
Julie Foudy, Heather O'Reilly, Kristine Lilly, Donna de Varona and Tony DiCicco will discuss
women's soccer in America, including the USA's 1999 Women's World Cup championship team. The 30
minute show will be on ESPN2 at 4:00 pm or following the
conclusion of the Spain vs France Euro 2012 Quarterfinal.
From Martina and Serena to Annika and Danica, female athletes have grown into one-name wonders
known the world over.
And as ESPN marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX -- a law whose ripple effects extend far beyond
the U.S., creating a women's sports culture awash in opportunity -- it's the perfect time to pause,
reflect and ask one question: Who's the best of the best?
ESPN has shown a remarkable commitment to properly covering the Women's World Cup this year.
While previous World Cups were well covered by the ESPN family of networks, this summer's event has
demonstrated an enhanced understanding of the audience that watches this competition and the type
of coverage that would be appealing to those viewers.
Zenyatta: "Am I not a woman and a horse?"
ESPN recently launched a website for women sports fans, espnW. Today the site listed its top ten
stories in women's sports. In cooking up this list, ESPN adopted a flexible definition of the
category "woman" by including Zenyatta, the horse, as #4.
Setting aside the rather large problem regarding the network's confusion regarding the category
"woman," the list is a rather bland summary of accomplishments.
They are back at it again! Soccer player McCall Zerboni and Emma Bayer, are raising money again
for breast cancer research. If you have no idea what this article is about, check out this other
article for some background information on how a professional soccer player and fan came together
to help make a difference.
Remember weeks ago when I said a post about Title IX was coming? Yeah... it's been awhile. Oops.
Better late than never, right? When I started writing this entry I realized that there was no way I
could cover it in just one post. So I'll be providing you all a little insight to Title IX one
piece at a time.
Here are some of the World's Sexiest Female Footballers:Sweden's own Josefine Ã–qvist posed for
Swedish men's magazine Slitz. She was one of the first female athletes to do so. Of course, there
were people who thought this was inappropriate but if Freddie Ljungberg can appear half naked on
billboards, why can't Josefine be in a lad's mag?
The big soccer game on American soil over the weekend involved the Women's National Team, which
packed more than 20,000 people into FC Dallas Stadium as part of a 2-1 victory over New Zealand.Â
That is a big number for a friendly game against a non-big name opponent, especially given the
fairly cold temperatures in the Dallas area.
First, the & more: follow the MLS expansion draft here. The Whitecaps just took former Galaxy
striker Alan Gordon, now late of Chivas USA. They like big, bruising English style center forwards
Award season is heating up with U.S. Soccer announcing their nominees today for male, female and
young male and female athletes of the year.
Following U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo's naked lawn watering in ESPN The Magazine's body issue,
Alex Morgan -- Hope's U.S national teammate and fellow recipient of an impressive number of
Facebook marriage proposals during last summer's Women's World Cup -- will be one of three female
athletes to pose in bodypaint for the upcoming Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
One of the Mission Statements from the 1999 Women's World Cup was to "inspire the next generation
of female athletes" something that current group of WNT players has certainly accomplished (albeit
for the kid sisters and even daughters of those back in 1999!).
My recent post on Louisa Necib has been the most read popular I've ever written on this blog.
That's a great testament to the burst of interest this Women's World Cup has generated around the
world. (France's semi-finalÂ game, for instance, attracted 4 million viewers in a country that has
been very slow to adopt women's football).
ESPN will present HERoics, a series of six short documentaries chronicling women's courage,
perseverance, breaking through barriers, failure and redemption, as part of its unprecedented
coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011, it was announced today. The series, an ESPN
global content development project, will live on www.
Kudos to U.S. soccer legend Kristine LIlly for calling it a day while she's still got game.
After 352 appearances for the national team, one of the most beloved figures in the history of
women's soccer anounced she is retiring.
The 5-foot-4-inch midfielder hangs up her boots at age 39 as perhaps the game's most
accomplished player and certainly one of the most successful and decorated female athletes in
If you have a Twitter account, you've seen this video of the uber-awesome members of the Canadian women's soccer national team (Sinclair, McLeod, Tancredi and...uh...Gayle, maybe?). There's been quite a ruckus over it, courtesy of U.S. women's national team fans that have no senses of humor nor appreciation for competitive spirit.
This morning as I was getting ready for work I caught the end of a Kohl's commercial featuring a
woman who looked like Mia Hamm, so I looked into and discovered that Kohl's current advertising
campaign features Mia Hamm, Lindsay Vonn, and Dara Torres, all notable female athletes. This
advertisments are part of a campaign called "Shop to Win," and at least one social commentator out
there thinks the ads are sexist?
U.S. Soccer released its "Best of" nominee lists for 2011 (link to Facebook voting). Categories
from "Male and Female Athletes of the Year", "Best Goal", "Best Fan Moments" and the like are all
up for grabs.
The one that concerned us the most was the "Best Twitter" account which featured loads of USMNT and
USWNT players and a few big media accounts.
A sound nutritional strategy is a critical component of any athletes training program.
Unfortunately, this is one aspect of a player's game that is often overlooked. Over the years,
research has examined the diets of both youth and professional male players (Click here for a
recent SSO article). However, very few studies have focused on female athletes.
Missouri Elite FC U15 Girls at Incredible Pizza Fall Classic
Missouri Elite FC, a Springfield all-girls club soccer program committed to meeting the needs of
female athletes, has a few more openings for the 2011-12 season.
If you are a junior or senior in high school looking to improve your game for high school and
possibly beyond, please come to our open field on Tuesday evening, July 5, from 6:00-7:15pm at Lake
Country Soccer on the South fields.
This is Florida State University women's soccerball player Breezy Hupp. Yes, she is really
called Breezy Hupp parents today, tssk. Anyway, she hates wearing trousers and she's not shy. On
Facebook, she posted a simple message on the wall of FSU American football player Nick Moody:
Minnesota senior defender Jennie Clark has been named to the watch list for the 2010 Women's
Hermann Trophy, presented annually to the top female player in NCAA Division I soccer by the
Missouri Athletic Club.
A 2008 SoccerBuzz All-American as a sophomore, Clark (Norwalk, Iowa) has been an instrumental
member of Minnesota's defense since first arriving on campus.