Welcome to the Table

September 2, 2013 | by Clare Devine | Leave a comment

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Sport, at its core, provides us indescribable human moments and moments in which we discover the humanity of others. Sport, at its core, knows no bounds and invites all into the challenge of competition and pursuit of truth. Sport, at its core, is as much for the lights and glory of televised professionals as it … Read More 

Be Prepared

August 12, 2013 | by Clare Devine | Leave a comment

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With preseason fast approaching for high school and collegiate fall sports, it is only fitting to send a “shout out” for good luck.  You’ve been waiting since the last day of last season for this fresh start and new opportunity.  You’ve been waiting to either even the score from last season, or continue your streak … Read More 

“Life does not consist of possessions”

August 5, 2013 | by Clare Devine | Leave a comment

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If you don’t know who Elena Delle Donne is, allow me to tell you a bit of her story. Delle Donne is the first rookie to lead the WNBA All-Star voting, and was selected to start but suffered a concussion prior to the All-Star match. As a rookie, even with her injury time, she currently … Read More 
An injured Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon is carried around the bases by opposing Central Washington's Liz Wallace (left) and Mallory Holtman, in order to complete her home run. (Photo Courtesy of Blake Wolf)

So, What Will Be Your Story?

July 15, 2013 | by Clare Devine | Leave a comment

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We learn and teach through both purposeful and organic moments of storytelling.  Stories captivate us and catalyze questions leading to new-found meaning with tilled soil or a planted seed for future growth. Although we are surrounded by 24/7 access to sports coverage, the real stories of sport lie beneath the deluge of facts, figures and … Read More 
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Do It Anyway

July 8, 2013 | by Clare Devine | 1 Comment

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The spirit of sportsmanship and competition is often challenged with the mixture of deep seated rivalries or seemingly ill-placed overly aggressive play. You might have the right intentions when you step on the field or court and before competing against a team or athlete with whom you have a checkered history, you may even give yourself … Read More 

Lay Down Your Burdens, and Play

June 24, 2013 | by Clare Devine | Leave a comment

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We all have crosses to bear.  Part of the fun of sport is the release it can provide to lay down your burdens and to just play.  To truly play – in every sense of the word – is to open oneself up to the joy and lightness intrinsically packaged in play, which helps us … Read More 

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

June 17, 2013 | by Clare Devine | Leave a comment

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I always knew I was lucky, but boy do I have a lot for which to be grateful – that the time my father and I spent together shooting hoops or having a catch was not only special (as the following certainly is), but it was also bit more productive: In addition to the basic … Read More 
Derek Redmond (GBR) in agony after suffering injury during the Men's 400m race during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Derek Redmond (GBR) in agony after suffering injury during the Men's 400m race during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Arise

June 10, 2013 | by Clare Devine | Leave a comment

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Every time we fall or fail, we are called to rise.  It’s in rising that you accomplish feats you never planned to face and in doing so you never know how your rising and your story will inspire others to do the same. Two empowering visions of never settling, of rising to compete and finish … Read More 

Hope

June 3, 2013 | by Clare Devine | Leave a comment

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When you see an incredible hustle and all-out effort from an athlete as the odds are stacked up against him or her, and the unimaginable occurs, we are inspired with a rekindled hope in the human spirit and a gratitude for something more.  Just think about all of the proof we have from inspirational movies, … Read More