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 

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

June 17, 2013 | by Clare Devine

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 


June 10, 2013 | by Clare Devine

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 

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