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March Madness Again

Have you filled out your bracket yet? If you’re like 40 million others this year, you’ve already studied the stats and made your decisions. Since some of us complete more than one form, about 70 million will be submitted – with wagers totaling about $9 billion. We’ve even coined a new word to describe our fascination with the process: bracketology. I’ve got family members who attended Duke and Kentucky so I’m always torn between these perennial favorites and rivals. But with relatives who went to Lafayette, UC Irvine and Harvard, … Continue reading

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Female Athletes of the London Olympics

With the Olympics being held in London this summer, we are reminded of how far we’ve come since the Duke of Wellington was said to have determined, “The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton,” referring to the discipline and strength men acquired playing sports as youths. Today young female athletes in the United States make use of the Title IX provisions to create a winning future for themselves as well. Women competing in the Games this year illustrate many of the character strengths identified in … Continue reading

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Women Olympians as Role Models

Since Title IX guaranteed equal funding for girls’ sports programs 40 years ago, we’ve seen the results in school, in the workplace and in women’s self-confidence. Studies have shown that girls who play sports in high school are more likely to do better in science classes, complete college, avoid substance abuse and join the workforce. And the more time they spend participating in team sports, the higher their self-esteem. Naturally, there has also been an effect on the playing fields. Now, for the first time in the history of the … Continue reading

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Over 200 countries have participated in the Summer Olympic Games this year, most of them never expecting to win any medals. What draws them to this event? A sense of community, an appreciation of teamwork, an enthusiasm for excellence and a love of athletic competition. As the 2008 Games draw to a close in China, athletes from around the world have pursued their personal goals within these universal values. The American Men’s Basketball Team in Beijing personifies all of these Olympic ideals. Labeled the “Redeem Team,” it is comprised of … Continue reading

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