So you’ve made the team – now what?

August 26, 2013 | by ISSCD

You’ve made the team – now what? This exact experience – working with a diverse community for a common goal – stretches far beyond the field or court: this will be your life. This is our world. How you handle conflict, disagreements and differences of opinion is so important. How you neglect or nurture and … Read More 

Be Prepared

August 12, 2013 | by Clare Devine

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

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 

“Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

July 22, 2013 | by ISSCD

We are fortunate in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, to work “in the shadow of the pillars” (as Sr. Marguerite O’Beirne, Vice President for Mission and Ministry here at NU would say).  It was with great intention that the ideals of Respect, Balance, Reflection, Beauty and Play were selected to highlight … Read More 

So, What Will Be Your Story?

July 15, 2013 | by Clare Devine

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 

Do It Anyway

July 8, 2013 | by Clare Devine

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 

Trust the Team

July 1, 2013 | by ISSCD

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it.” – Mia Hamm Mia Hamm, though now retired, is a legendary American soccer player. She played forward for the United States women’s national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom … Read More 

Lay Down Your Burdens, and Play

June 24, 2013 | by Clare Devine

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 

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