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Greensboro, North Carolina

Local Youth Sports News

January-February, 2013




ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament: A Greensboro Tradition


NEW Hayes-Taylor YMCA

Sally Newton of Tumblebees Sally Newton Q&A

Daughter Safe Self Defense Coaches Corner : Keep it Fun! Sports Kids: Twins with Fins

Tennis Great Julia Anne Holt

Local sports Legends



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marks the 14th consecutive year that the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum. The event, which began its Greensboro stand in 2000, has become more than just another basketball tournament. It’s become a familiar home to ACC basketball fans who gather each year to watch the tournament games and mix and mingle with old friends. My aunt, a die-hard Virginia fan, made the trip from Charlottesville for many years to cheer on her Cavalier women. Thousands of other fans from throughout ACC country also make an annual pilgrimage to attend the tournament, which is considered one of the pioneering events in women’s athletics. Rich in history, the ACC Tournament has had many notable coaches, like the legendary Kay Yow of North Carolina State, and notable players like three time tournament MVP Ivory Latta of UNC and Jasmine Thomas of Duke. Nora Lynn Finch, current ACC Senior Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball and a former coach and administrator at Wake Forest and NC State, has been instrumental in not only developing the tournament, but in advancing women’s athletics in general. When Maryland beat NC State in 1978, at the first ACC Women’s Tournament in Charlottesville. attendance was around 1500. The tournament moved around in subsequent years, had a long stretch in Fayetteville, NC and then in Rock Hill, SC before landing in Greensboro. The community quickly embraced the tournament, with its friendly, family atmosphere and exciting hoops action. The championship game routinely attracts around




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10,000 fans, with a record 12,500 in the stands when North Carolina beat Duke in 2005. In recent years thousands of additional fans have been able to enjoy the action on TV. Maryland owns the most tournament titles with 10, followed by North Carolina (9), Duke (7), NC State (4), Virginia (3) and Clemson (2). Duke won five straight ACC Tournament titles in 2000-2004. North Carolina won the ACC Tournament in 1994 and went on to win the NCAA Tournament that same year. Maryland lost in the ACC Tournament Championship game to North Carolina (9180) in 2006, but went on to win the NCAA Tournament. The ACC and its Women’s Basketball Tournament lead the way in promoting opportunities for girls and women in sports. In this issue, there are several stories by women who credit athletic competition with their success in life. Young athletes can be inspired by the examples of women like Julia Anne Holt, Sally Newton, and Lyndsey Boswell, all featured in this issue, who have enjoyed success and continue to proudly wave the banner for women’s athletics. Enjoy!

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Age: 12 School: Greensboro Academy Favorite Sport: Swimming Favorite College Team: North Carolina Tarheels Favorite Pro Team: Denver Broncos Favorite Coach: Sasha Kuznezov Favorite Movie: Courageous Favorite Music: Christmas Shoes by: Newsong Favorite Book: Rescued Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Evans Favorite Pet: Roxy, my cat Favorite Food: Shrimp Scampi Favorite Color: Neon Green and Neon Orange Favorite Achievement: Breaking a minute in 100 Free Other Interests: Reading, duct tape crafts, spending time with family and pets.




Don’t let those smiles fool you. Mary Grace and Hannah Copeland are two of the most upbeat, cheerful, and supportive teammates on the SwimFanatics club team and their Lake Jeanette Summer League team. But when it’s race time, the smiles come off and the game face goes on. The twins transform themselves into two of the fiercest competitors around. Both are among the fastest swimmers in the state in their age group and they’re excellent students, too.

Age: 12 School: Greensboro Academy Favorite Sport: Swimming Favorite College Team: North Carolina Tarheels Favorite Pro Team: Denver Broncos Favorite Coach: Sasha Kuznezov Favorite Movie: Courageous Favorite Music: Where I Belong by Building 429 Favorite Book: The Skin I’m In Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Conti and Mrs. Saia Favorite Pet: Moses & Sampson Favorite Food: Caesar Salad Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Achievement: Swimming the 100 Free in 58.4 Other Interests: Reading, duct tape crafts and playing with my pets



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Daughter Safe Seminar: Teaches Self Defense...and more


ike Carr Karate & Fitness recently opened its new facility on New Garden Road next to Pie Works. Carr, a 6th degree black belt offers classes for kids, as well as adults. In partnership with Nan’s Dance Studios, Carr, along with Kelly Cox, teach a variety of self defense techniques, Japanese swordsmanship, bully proof classes, and kickboxing. Its Daughter Safe self protection classes have become a very important part of its program. Here is some information on the Daughter Safe program.


aughterSafe™ is an empowering seminar that teaches girls and women the mental and physical techniques necessary to defend themselves. The idea for DaughterSafe was developed by Mike Carr, an experienced martial arts instructor with advanced training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kenpo Karate, and Muay Thai. Consequently, simple and effective stand up and ground fighting techniques are taught. However, this is not just a self-defense class. Concepts such as awareness of surroundings, personal space and assertiveness are also stressed. Since the internet has become a part of our daily lives, kids can be at risk in their own homes. Therefore, online safety is a major part of the course. We worked with both a professional counselor who specializes in sex offender treatment and an information technology expert to develop this portion of the curriculum. Studies have proven that visual aids are a key part of the learning process. Consequently, a DaughterSafe DVD is used throughout the course. It shows surveillance video of two different actual abductions, an internet predator public service announcement, and a video about how internet predators obtain personal information. The videos are shown at various times to reinforce the concepts that are being taught. DaughterSafe is designed for students ages 8 and up, and each seminar is customized to the ages of the students participating. The curriculum is divided into three onehour parts, which can be taught on separate days or together as part of a three-hour seminar. Students learn in a fun and interactive environment that facilitates rapid comprehension and data retention. Graduates complete the class with the mental and physical skills necessary to be safer in all aspects of their lives.

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Q&A Session: Sally Newton I

f your family has ever been involved in gymnastics in Greensboro, you probably know Sally Newton. Sally is an owner and director of Tumblebees Ultimate Gym, where kids have been learning gymnastics and tumbling skills since 1986. Newton was born in Reading, PA and moved to Camp Hill, PA when she was 12 years old. Her parents always encouraged her to experience sports and she tried them all. Sally realized early that being able to tumble and flip helped with the coordination needed in all other sports. There was no gymnastics facility where she grew up so she didn’t compete in the sport but her father taught her how to tumble at an early age. Sally loved gymnastics as a kid, and also found time for horseback riding, cheerleading, skiing, ice skating, field hockey, and softball. In high school she participated in field hockey, softball and cheerleading. Sally attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It was just before Title IX passed, so there were no college scholarships available but she continued to play field hockey and softball. Her sports career didn’t end when she graduated from was just beginning. She became a teacher in West Chester, PA after graduating from college. Soon she was asked to become the field hockey, softball, and gymnastics coach for a high school team. That was the beginning of her coaching career and she’s been involved in athletics ever since. Sally spoke to us recently about Tumblebees and offered us some of her personal insights into gymnastics and sports in general. How did Tumblebees come about?

When we moved to Greensboro in 1984, I began looking for a great developmental gymnastics program for our two preschool sons and couldn’t find one. Gymnastics is the basis of all sport, so I decided to open up my own developmental gymnastics academy. Tumblebees opened in the spring of 1986.

Do you coach as well as manage the business?

At one point, I coached most of the classes and ran the business. Now, I just run the business and watch our great staff inspire kids.

I had heard the name used in a gym in Florida and liked how it sounded.

What is the overall Tumblebees philosophy? Making a difference in the lives of our students, families and community through education promoting health, fitness, self esteem and sports development by a professional, caring staff.

How has sports participation helped you as a business woman?

What other sports is Tumblebees involved with?

How many kids have been through your program?

Do you have any advice for young gymnasts?

How did you come up with the name?

Sports can be such a wonderful place to learn life lessons. It begins with learning a good work ethic. Learning to get along with your coaches, other team mates, leadership skills, how to win and lose graciously, are all ongoing lessons. Overcoming obstacles, setting goals, and time management all can come from sports participation. It’s been said that 85% of women business owners played sports. I know that I do what I do today because sports helped me become the person I am. This is our 27th year of having fun teaching fun and fitness. Over 35,000 children have been through our Tumblebees programs. We now are on our second generation Tumblebees kids. Over the years, our boys to girl ratios depend on the program. We offer sportsnastics where most of the participants are boys. Karate, rock climbing, gymnastics, tumbling and trampoline, diving, and dance all have different boy to girl participation. We pride ourselves on creating programs that are challenging and rewarding for boys and girls all ages groups.

What do you like most about your experience with Tumblebees?

I’ve met the greatest parents and kids over the years. Some are my lifelong friends. Watching children grow emotionally, socially and physically as they participate in our programs is the greatest reward.

We are excited to offer the only diving instruction in the Greensboro area. We use our facility for dry training and then GAC for the water experience. Rock climbing is also unique to Greensboro. We have one of the most versatile climbing facilities on the East coast. We offer karate, dance, cheer classes and a competitive cheer team. Our tumbling and tramp program is one of the best in the country, with three athletes involved in the Olympic developmental team. Participation in sports is a journey. Sometimes we’re so focused on the destination that we miss all the sights along the way. From personal experience, I know sport participation can help make us the people we become. My advice is to work hard, stay focused, but enjoy the ride.

What advice do you have for the parents of young gymnasts?

Your child has chosen a wonderfully beautiful and challenging sport. Trust your child’s coach and lend support to your child as they grow and change with the sport. Your main role as a parent is being that sounding board and voice of reason. Communication is always the key to a great child, coach, parent relationship.

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KEEP IT FUN! by Jennifer L. Etnier


y 6 year old twins have just joined their first recreational basketball league and I’ve had the opportunity to attend the “draft” and their first practice. The first thing that I noticed in these two events was that there were numerous coaches who were all clearly committed to helping these young athletes have a great experience with basketball. The coaches were enthusiastic, friendly, organized, and engaged and I sincerely applaud them for their efforts. However, as a Sport Psychologist and a long-time member of the United States Soccer Federation’s Coaching Education Staff, I also quickly noticed that there were a number of aspects of these events that could be dramatically improved by considering the activities from the point of view of the children. We know that youth sport coaches are involved in coaching because they want to give back to the game, because they enjoy working with children, and because they want to help young athletes enjoy sport as much as they themselves did. We also know that the reasons that children play youth sports are to have fun and to learn new skills. So, how do we merge these two sets of goals? Using these two recent basketball events as an example, I want to describe two activities that I saw the coaches use to teach basketball skills, to discuss these in terms of the children’s goals of fun and learning, and to offer some alternative approaches. If coaches are reading this, I hope they will take this as it is intended – to help motivated committed coaches consider new approaches to facilitate their ability to help their young “We as adults have to athletes achieve their goals. As I stated, the number one reason why children play youth sports is to have fun. Unfortunately, in the practices I observed, the coaches seemed to adopt a “drill-like” approach and didn’t focus on incorporating fun activities. As an example, for approximately 30 minutes the children stood in a line of 4 at one of three locations around the basket. When it was their turn, they’d take two shots and then go to the back of the line. If you do the math, that means that each child spent approximately 8 minutes shooting and 22 minutes standing in line. Right away, the fun factor is on the decline. Add to this the facts that the basket at its lowest setting is 8 feet off the floor and the ball being used was too big for the children. Given that these children are about 4 feet tall and considering only stature and not strength, that’s like asking an adult basketball player to shoot an oversized basketball at a 12 foot hoop instead of the standard 10 foot hoop. Add to that the fact that the coaches were high fiving with the children only when the ball went in the basket, and now there are some concerns that could potentially be addressed. The first concern is the fact that standing in line for so long lessens the fun. The second is that by asking the children to shoot at a hoop that is too high for them with a ball that is too heavy for them, and rewarding only the made baskets,

the coaches were getting unintended consequences. What you could see happening was that the children increasingly used a two-handed “set shot” to heave the ball to the basket because that’s the only way most of them could get the ball close enough to have a chance of it going in. Thus, the technique that was reinforced was one that was not desirable and would

think like children and remember what is fun not serve these young children the best in the long run. Here’s an alternative activity. What about pairing each child with a partner and asking them to use the appropriate shooting technique to “shoot” the ball to their partner. Coaches can emphasize technique and there’s no basket to offer an unintended reward when technique is not correct. And, notice that all of the children can be involved the whole time – they take turns catching and shooting. Here’s another alternative – give each child a ball and line them up in front of the wall of the gym. Ask the child to “shoot” towards the wall – you can add a target if you’d like, but make it at about 6 feet instead of 8 feet. And, importantly, only do either of these activities for about 5-10 minutes. We know that in this age group, attention span is limited and they will lose interest in any activity after a short period of time. The next activity I observed was that the children stood in two lines of 4. One line of children had a ball while the other line did not. The children with the ball were asked to dribble from one end line to the other while the children without the ball were asked to play shadow defense. One pair went at a time while the other 6 children stood in line – again meaning that each child actively participated for only 25% of the time. If you’re a 6-year old (or even a 14-year old), this waiting in

line part is really not very fun. So, here’s the alternative. First, break up the two skills and teach each one separately. If it’s dribbling that you want to focus on, give each child a ball. Play the “can you do this?” game. You can ask them if they can do each of the following: dribble with your right hand, dribble with your left hand, dribble up high at your shoulder, dribble down low at your knees, switch hands, move forward while dribbling, move backwards while dribbling, move forward while dribbling and switch hands when directed to do so. Next, ask the children to all dribble at the same time in a defined space. Encourage them to use both hands, to look up to avoid running into one another, to stay in the boundaries, and (when they’re ready) to change direction and speed. Next, ask one child to be “it” in a tag game. This person will not have a ball while the others will dribble in the same defined space. The person who is “it” tries to tag a child dribbling a ball. If tagged, the person who was “it”, takes the ball and the person who was tagged becomes “it”. This is a fun activity that and what is not fun.” encourages the mastery of dribbling skills. The children will love this game, and they can play it for several minutes before taking a water break and playing again. My point in this article is to emphasize that children who are signed up for youth sports are in it to learn and to have fun. We as adults have to think like children and remember what is fun and what is not fun! Fun is being actively involved in activities that have a high success rate! Fun is not waiting in line for your turn. Fun is not trying to do tasks that we have a low success rate at. I have great confidence that the coaches in youth sport are highly motivated and well intentioned and I sincerely thank them for their time, efforts, and commitment to helping young athletes. But, what I am encouraging is that all coaches in all sports reconsider their practices from a child’s perspective. In designing your practices, be creative, make fun games that incorporate skills as part of the games, really consider exactly what is being taught with each activity, and do everything you can to keep it fun!

___________ Jennifer L. Etnier Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Author, Bring Your “A” Game

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North Carolina Hall of Fame Tennis Player

Julia Anne Holt

It was a hot summer day in 1944. Thirteen year old Julia Anne rode her bicycle from her home on Eugene Street to the tennis courts behind the War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro. She did it every morning. Then she rode back to Eugene Street for lunch, turned around and went back to the tennis courts. Sometimes she played with other kids, like her friend, Betty Duck. Sometimes she’d play with soldiers from the nearby Army O.R.D. (Overseas Replacement Depot) camp. She’d hit with anyone who’d play with her. She loved playing tennis. She’d stay until 5 o’clock and then ride her bike back home again. Ferd (Ferdinand) Ogletree had once played tennis at Georgia Tech. He taught his daughter the proper way to grip the racquet and one day, when Julia Anne was ten, invited her to hit balls back to him. “I just naturally knew where my feet were supposed to be and what type of swing I should use,” she recalled recently. “It all came so naturally. That’s why I loved it.” She never had a coach but relied on instincts, observation, and “God-given talent.” One summer, the city of Greensboro announced a city tennis tournament…and they were going to award trophies. Julia Anne decided to enter. It was very exciting, as she remembered, “I thought I could run faster without shoes, so I took my shoes off. I played on clay courts, barefooted, in the finals. I won the thing but had blisters all over my feet. My mother had to come to get me in the car; I couldn’t ride my bike. Anyway, I won the tournament and Greensboro sent me to the Junior Nationals at the Cricket Club in Philadelphia.” Her mother was always concerned about Julia Anne’s health. She thought that tennis was too strenuous an activity for her daughter. You see, Julia Anne contracted polio when she was just three years old. She was confined to a bed for a year and was unable to walk. Fortunately, her mother and her Aunt Julia (for whom she was named) were both nurses and helped her with her recovery. Gradually, she learned to walk again and before long she was jumping rope and playing tag with her friends. But her mother remained concerned. So now that Julia Anne won that first tournament, her mother thought it was a good time for her to stop, but she wasn’t about to stop. Instead her family sent her on a train to

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Washington D.C. where her uncle met her at the train station and took her to Philadelphia. “I had never played on grass before; I won two matches and lost a third. When I got back my mother said, ‘did you ever get up off the grass?’ My clothes were just green from stains.” Grimsley High School didn’t have a tennis team when Julia Anne attended school there. “They had a couple of courts with grass growing up on it,” she recalled. “I started playing Juniors and my toughest competitor was one of my best friends, Nancy Hocket. She won one year and I won the next – or vice versa. We were competitors but we always remained good friends.” After high school Julia Anne went to nursing school in Charlotte. “I always had the best of both worlds; I loved nursing…and I loved playing tennis. But when I attended nursing school, I didn’t have time to play. We had classes and we worked in the hospital at the same time. The nursing program was all summer and winter for three years.” She graduated in 1952. Julia Anne married Jim Holt a year later, when he came back from Korea. “He didn’t even know that I played tennis,” she said. Jim took a job in Charlotte and Julia Anne decided that she’d like to get back into the game. It had been several years since she played but Holt called one of the top players in Charlotte, Sara Walters, and asked if she could hit with her. “We hit and she realized that I could play,” Holt remembers. “We struck up a friendship and she introduced me to a lot of other tennis players.” Holt says that the most important thing she learned during that period was strategy. “I lost a lot of matches to Sara Walters that I could have won if I’d had a strategy.” She learned tennis strategy watching the men play seniors. “They didn’t have the strength to put the ball away, but they knew how to use strategy. I thought that I should be able to hit it once or twice and the point should be over. But they taught me that you’ve got to build up to your winning point. You just can’t go out there and think you’re going to hit it by them every time. At our age, we all had power but those that won the tournaments had power and strategy. Once I figured out the game’s strategy, I started winning a lot of tournaments.” She also had a killer drop shot. “God gave

me a good drop shot, and once I started playing seniors, nobody could get to my drop shot. That’s why my dog was named Drop Shot.” Penny Bowlin, a good friend and fellow tennis player, was visiting one day. Holt had just gotten a new puppy and was trying to decide on a name. Her friend thought about it awhile and said she had the perfect name: “Durn Drop Shot.” Of course that was a reference to the shot that had frustrated Bowlin and so many other opponents over the years. Holt explained that by putting backward spin on the ball, she could make it die where it bounced. “Sometimes if I put enough spin on it...I’ve even had it come back on my side of the court. Once I started that in seniors, it was easy.” With her drop shot, a “pretty good serve“ and what her husband called “a tremendous dedication to winning” Julia Anne Holt dominated North Carolina women’s tennis for three decades. She played in the state singles finals eleven times, winning seven. She also won a staggering 29 women’s doubles state championships - teaming up with some of her favorite partners Jane Reynolds, Barbara Spencer, and Ellen Adelman for many of them. Holt also partnered with friends Allen Morris, Paul Caldwell and others to capture 17 mixed doubles state championships. She once won the state singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles in the same year! Holt was a regular member of the NC Southern Cup team for decades and served as team captain of the 1987 team and won the 55 singles. She played on the Senior Women’s Southern Cup team as recently as 1999. Holt’s accomplishments are even more amazing when you consider that at age 38 she was diagnosed with cancer. Encouragement from tennis friends like Allen Morris helped her along. Morris told her “when you get over this, you and I are going to play mixed doubles.” She went in for radiation treatments at 8:30 and would be back on the tennis court at 9:00. “I’d play on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday,” Holt explained. “By Thursday I’d be so fatigued that I couldn’t play very much at all. On Friday, I just couldn’t do it. Then I’d regroup on Saturday and Sunday when they didn’t do radiation.” Before long Julia Anne Holt and Allen Morris had teamed up for a state mixed doubles championship. Several years later, Holt was playing in the

Southern Cup and realized that she wasn’t able to get up on her toes. She went to several doctors who couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Then she went to see family friend, Jim Adelman, a neurologist and the husband of her doubles partner, Ellen. When she happened to mention that she once had polio, he quickly realized that she suffered from post-polio syndrome, a condition that weakens the muscles previously infected by the polio virus. Again she fought back, and even won some tournaments, despite the problem with her foot. Holt’s career in tennis was important to her for several reasons. She loved playing. She loved competing. And she enjoyed the lifelong friendships she developed through tennis. Folks like Eddie Bridges, who once ran a sporting goods store on State Street. Bridges, a nationally recognized wildlife conservationist, handled all of her equipment needs and strung her Dunlap and Bancroft racquets “at just the right tension” for many years. And folks like Ellen Adeleman who taught Holt that you “didn’t have to win to have fun but you had to have fun while winning.” After many years in Greensboro, the Holts recently moved to Pennybryn at Maryfield, a beautiful retirement home in Jamestown. Holt could never get her husband and their two children. Stephen, and Theresa, interested in playing tennis but they were always there supporting her and cheering her on. Interestingly, Holt’s mother never saw her win a championship. She didn’t want to make her daughter nervous. Instead, she stayed home and prayed. Her prayers were often answered. She must have been very proud as she watched her daughter, who had overcome so much, being inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980. Julia Anne Holt had beaten the odds to become one of the greatest tennis players in North Carolina history.


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oming from a family that is very athletic, sport was something that was kind of innate for me. As far back as I can remember I have always been involved with sports and competition in some way. I participated in numerous different sports throughout my childhood including softball, basketball, volleyball and dance. I was always the shy kid who never took the initiative to interact socially, but it was through the avenue of sport that I was able to do so and create lifelong friendships. The sport that stood out to me the most was basketball. It was the summer leading up to 9th grade when I began to focus most of my energy towards basketball. I began to play AAU year round to better my chances of receiving a full scholarship. I had watched my sister go through this process and achieve this ultimate goal, so I was prepared to do whatever it took to do the same. It was an enriching and enlightening experience and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to play the sport I love at a high level. Because of basketball, I was able to receive a free education at a prestigious university, Temple University. So many life lessons were gained throughout my four years as a studentathlete. I have made so many connections and experienced new and exciting things that would otherwise not be possible without basketball. I am so thankful for the opportunities that I have been afforded through my experience with sport in general and more specifically with basketball. Sports have always been an important part of my life and who I am. _________________ Marli Bennett is a graduate assistant with the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She is a master’s student in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG.

DREAMS COME TRUE by Leilani Madrigal


ports have always been a big passion of mine. I started playing softball when I was 6 years old and began playing basketball shortly after. Although I have been on volleyball teams and dabbled in track and field for a year, my passion has always been for basketball and softball. From recreational teams to collegiate athletics, my time in sport has been a fun and challenging experience. The lessons I learned while playing on various teams and coaching different divisions have taught me valuable life lessons about perseverance, the power of selfbelief, and the importance of staying mentally tough. I was never the most talented on the team but I made up for the lack of ability with hard work and dedication at practice. I didn’t start in every game but I also didn’t let that affect my effort in the next practice or in relationships with teammates. From the time I played little league, I knew I wanted to play both basketball and softball in college and made it happen when I went to junior college and later transferred to continue in softball at a 4-year university. My journey to fulfilling my athletic dream resulted in friendships that can only be formed when you are on a team united for a common goal and an awareness of how the mind is so much more mentally strong than the body. My experience in sport prompted me to continue in education beyond an undergraduate degree and work towards helping athletes through hands-on work as a sport psychology consultant and behind the curtains as a researcher in sport-related activities (e.g., injury, performance enhancement). Whatever path I ultimately follow, I know I would not have made it as far as I have without sports in my life. _________________ Leilani Madrigal is a research assistant with PAGWSPA. She is also a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG.

THANK YOU Thank you all very much for allowing us to share your stories.

SPORTS Playing sports can have a very powerful and positive impact on our lives. But realizing the benefits of sports participation is a fairly recent phenomenon for women. Since the enactment of Title IX in 1972, greater opportunities for women and girls in athletics slowly began to emerge. Change didn’t come easy, and the struggle for equality on the playing field continues. THE ‘B TEAM’ by Donna Copeland


eginning in my 6th grade year of school, I considered participating on a school sports team. I so enjoyed recess in elementary school and found myself disappointed that only three days of PE had replaced daily recess in middle school. At this shy time in my life, I had never participated in team sports - so this would be a new venture. To me, middle school was a bit scary as were ALL new things. Though I felt a small sense of excitement, I also felt a larger sense of apprehension - it was the path of ‘the great unknown’! Basketball was my first choice. I soon discovered after attending ‘Try Outs’, another unknown to me at that time, ‘Cuts’...that sounded painful!... Followed by the posting of the team roster, butterfly stomach and dread! My name was on the roster and I, for the first time, was part of a TEAM! The awesome feeling of making the team quickly replaced all of the challenging feelings that led up to this new venture. I discovered a sense of pride that I had not know before! My skills were not top notch by any means but second string or the B team was still the team! I worked hard in practice, made new friends, enjoyed the thrill of the games, experienced the disappointment of defeat and the excitement of victory! This experience prepared me for not only a future in sports, but for life! It taught me that feeling afraid or scared of new things, fear of failure and the unknown, should never keep me from a new venture. Also, I learned that with the first step on a new path and a lot of determination, success is often experienced. I played basketball throughout middle school and moved over to the game of volleyball in high school. Much of my ‘fun’ time outside of team sports I spent riding my 10 speed bike, playing softball, tumbling, and swimming. Being active made me feel good and helped me settle down so that I could study without too many ‘wiggles’! Sports, team and individual, was a friend to me as it grew me physically, mentally and emotionally. It gave me something to look forward to every day! Today I spend my hours at work helping women to maintain a consistent, active and fit lifestyle. I am a personal fitness coach. I believe my early days of participating in sports prepared me and ignited a passion in me for the work I do today! _________________ Donna Copeland is a mother and a personal fitness coach for the Boot Camp at Lake Jeanette.

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Seeing women and girls competing in sports is so common today, that it’s easy to take for granted. But as the women on these pages tell their stories, it becomes clear that the increased opportunities afforded by Title IX have helped provide women and girls with the skills, tools, and confidence that contribute to success, not only in sports, but in all areas of their lives. DO NOT QUIT

by Dr. DeAnne Davis Brookes




fell in love with sports at a very young age. As I grew up through elementary, middle school, and high school, I participated in a variety of sports, including field hockey, soccer, basketball, and track and field. In addition to helping me develop a physically active lifestyle, sports also presented the opportunity for me to interact with positive role models and to build a social network of friends. I moved several times during my youth, and participating in sports remained a constant in my life, always providing me a universal language with which to meet and interact with new friends at each place I called home. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to continue my competitive athletic career when I attended college at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania where I played field hockey. My experience in collegiate sports provided me with numerous leadership opportunities that would not have been afforded to me elsewhere. My discipline on the field carried over to my academic studies in the classroom, which helped prepare me for my graduate studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology at UNCG. My love for sports continues to be present in my life today. As a future scholar in the field of kinesiology, I am confident that sports will play a lasting role in my adult life. My experience as a female athlete has positively impacted me in many ways, and I am committed to ensuring that future generations of female athletes are afforded similar opportunities to be empowered through sport.

________________ Erin Reifsteck is a Program Assistant with PAGWSPA. She is a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG.


by Markia Monet Mickles


started running track and playing basketball in the 1st grade and didn’t stop competing in track until I graduated from college—that’s sixteen straight years of training, traveling, competing, friend-making, overcoming, and learning through sports. This all didn’t start out as a fairytale, though. My first coach had a very loud voice and demanded hard work from every person on the track. From Day #1, I knew I’d better listen to her and do what she asked, but that didn’t mean I liked it. After my first practice, in fact, I actually wrote a letter to my father detailing my plan to quit—I didn’t want to return for a second day of hard work. I clearly remember my father’s response to my letter-- he said “YOU MAY NOT QUIT. You will finish this season and, then, you can make a decision about whether or not to participate next year.” After returning to the very next practice and every practice that summer, I made friends, trained, traveled, competed and grew to love being a young athlete. I even began to appreciate Coach Doc’s coaching style. Simply, I had the time of my seven-year-old life and decided to return to the Durham Striders Track Club every single summer until I graduated from high school. Then, I earned a full-ride track and field scholarship to college and competed four years for UNC-Chapel Hill—a career that culminated in participating in the U.S. Olympic Trials. Along the way I also attended camp at both U.S. Olympic Training Centers (once as an athlete and once as a coach), won numerous state and national championships, earned All-America status, had and continue to have a long career as a youth and high school track coach, did a 2-year stint as a Division I Collegiate T&F coach, and began a professional career as a Kinesiologist in which I am lucky enough to study and teach about physical activity and training techniques-- all because I wasn’t allowed to QUIT after that first, tough, practice. When my father made me stay on the team, I didn’t know what was to come, and neither did he. But, because I didn’t quit, I eventually realized many wonderful goals. Sport participation has had countless positive impacts on my life but one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that great rewards sometimes result from tough beginnings—so DO NOT QUIT!




Dr. DeAnne Davis Brooks is an Asst. Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Greensboro College. She can be reached at

Markia Monet Mickles is a Senior Exercise and Sports Studies major at Greensboro College and a certified

hen I was a kid, I guess I never realized what being a “girl” out in the world actually meant. I didn’t know that it meant I was supposed to be weaker or less entertaining than my male athlete counterparts. I just knew one thing-- when it was time to pick teams in the neighborhood, I was never picked last! I played co-ed sports my entire life until the ages when boys and girls started to become young men and young women. Those differences, to me, were simply deeper voices or excess body hair; it never dawned on me that people actually saw me as being less capable than the boys I once played against. It wasn’t until my last year in college that I realized females were perceived negatively in the sports world; I mean, I’d read about it in class but I had never actually experienced it in my own life. Unfortunately, I observed female athletes on scholarship being forced to train in the locker room while male athletes worked-out in the fully-equipped weight room. I also witnessed a female strength and conditioning staff member being forced to have her desk out in the open weight room while male staff shared a separate office. I remember asking myself, “Why won’t the female athletes say something? Why don’t they feel like they deserve an equal opportunity to train on actual equipment?” That’s when it clicked for me. These women had not been taught that they are just as deserving and are as powerful as any male athlete. Even fifty years after Title IX, we must still make a stand for the female athlete of tomorrow; the fight for equality isn’t over. It is my goal to promote a positive female image in athletics by challenging gender norms and stereotypes. I’ve had very positive experiences in sports, but realize that not all females have been as lucky as I. My career goals, therefore, now center on running organizations and placing female personnel and athletes in positions where they feel empowered. I want more girls and women to enjoy the many rewards of participating in sports. It’s time we get back to the age of saying of Girls Rule (just like I said when I played against the boys)!


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SPORTS Based on the recollections of Coach Kay Yow’s family, friends, and players, Triumph: Inspired by the True Life Story of the Legendary Coach Kay Yow, reveals how a small town girl went on to become a legendary figure in college sports, challenging what was deemed impossible and raising the bar for what women could accomplish. Readers will see how the passing of Title IX made a great difference for Coach Yow and her team, and finally propelled equality for women in sports. Though she succumbed to her disease in 2009, her spirit lives on, through the annual National Coach of the Year Award that bears her name, the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund instituted by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and by the broader stroke of the countless lives she touched. “Coach Kay Yow was that other human being who could

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Lyndsey Boswell is the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at High Point University. An All-American lacrosse player at Pfeiffer University, Boswell helped her team win the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Championship in 2004, setting program records in points, goals and assists. She was twice named Pfeiffer Athlete of the Year.

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How many teams are involved in the league? There are two teams; a high school team and a middle school team. When is the season? When are practices? There are two different seasons. During the Spring/Summer season, we practice twice a week for 8-10 weeks and compete 3-4 times. During the Fall Season we practice twice a week for 8 weeks and compete 3 times.

Prior to coaching at High Point University, she served as an assistant coach at Pfeiffer for two seasons and was head coach at St. Andrews Presbyterian for three seasons. After building St. Andrews Women’s lacrosse into a winning program, her success has continued at High Point University. Finishing 154 in each of her first two seasons at HPU, Boswell’s teams have twice played in the National Lacrosse Conference tournament finals. High Point University won the tournament in 2011 and Boswell was name NLC Coach of the Year.

Is there a tournament? PLC hosts a tournament for surrounding club teams once in the fall and once in the spring in High Point. Do you offer camps/clinics, too? Camps and clinics are offered year-round at High Point University. There are two big camps; one in June and one in December. Generally, we also offer clinics around our home games; one in the fall and one in the spring.

In addition to coaching college athletes, Boswell is very interested in developing young athletes through youth programs and camps. What is the name of youth lacrosse organization? Our organization is called the Panthers Lacrosse Club (PLC). The program was started in the summer of 2011.

Why did you get involved in the youth program? As a college coach it is my responsibility to grow the game, and give quality coaching to young girls. Hopefully, the players will fall in love with the sport at a young age and continue playing as they grow up.

What is your position in the organization? I am the director and coach for the PLC high school team.

I grew up playing the sport. It was like, if you didn’t play lacrosse in Annapolis, MD, what did you do? So it was part of my culture. Being that I love lacrosse, the south and where I live, it is my hope that lacrosse will soon be a part of the culture here.

What are the goals of the program? Our goal is to give high level lacrosse players in the Triad area the opportunity to play year round and compete against top competition around the country.

What is your advice for aspiring young lacrosse players? Give it a try. Lacrosse is a mixture of a lot of sports, and it’s addicting once you give it a chance.

What are the ages of the girls involved in the program? The players in the programs range from fourth graders to seniors in high school.

What is your advice for parents of aspiring young lacrosse players? Support them as they try a new sport like lacrosse. If possible, provide them with opportunities that will help make them better players and build their confidence.

Where are the girls from? Most of our girls are from the Winston-Salem area, but it ranges from Winston-Salem to High Point/Jamestown area and Greensboro. There are also a few players from the Concord area.

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Triad Youth Lacrosse A Revolutionary Concept


riad Youth Lacrosse Association (TYLA) is a recreational league that has operated in the Triad area since 1991. In keeping with its Revolutionary War theme (to honor the historical Battle of Guilford Court House), TYLA has introduced a new General Nathaniel Greene logo. Team names will also follow that historical theme. The U9 Girls are the Firecrackers. The other girls teams are the U11 Glory, the U13 Revolution, and finally, the U15 Liberty. Boys teams also range from ages 7-15 and go by such names as the Battlers, Bullets, Soldiers, Surge, Patriots, Cannons, Snipers, and the Grenadiers.

play opponents from Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Salem Virginia, Hickory, and other regional teams. For girls who want to continue into the post-season, there are options available, including the Lady Panthers team, which is coordinated by Lyndsey Boswell from High Point University. Registration for both girls and boys teams is currently underway. Registration runs from January 2, 2013-Feb 3, 2013. The boys U11 and U13 will have their annual draft on February 16th at Proehlific Park. Players of the High Point University lacrosse team are expected to be there for this year’s draft.

The sport has become very popular in Greensboro. TYLA doubled its girls participation in 2012. The introduction of U9 girls in 2012 was a big success. Learning the basics at this stage will help as each girl rises to the next level. The growth of the girls program is expected to continue in 2013. TYLA will be hosting a series of preseason winter clinics for new and returning player. These are especially helpful for the girl who has never picked up a stick. Clinics will be held in both Greensboro and High Point. TYLA furnishes borrowed sticks and goggles for these clinics. The cost for the clinics ranges between $15-$20.00. TYLA’s Spring season begins March 2nd and concludes May 4th with a Girls’ tournament at Hester Park. Girls’ teams

Here is the TYLA Spring 2013 Season at a glance: Jan. 2 Feb 3rd- Online TYLA Spring 2013 Registration ( Feb 16. Draft of the U11 and U13 boys at Proehlific Park (must register to attend) Feb 23. Practices begin Positive Coaching Alliance training for parents and coaches (all parents expected) Mar 2 First play day Mar 9 Official Spring season begins May 13 Spring Regular season concludes


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