Posts in category "Sports & Athletics"

Redefine what "run like a girl" means by watching female professional athletes

Redefine what "run like a girl" means by watching female professional athletes
There have been a lot of ads and discussions about gender perceptions. One of the most viral ones is the video from Always about what it means to run like a girl, throw like a girl, and fight like a girl. (You can find the video, which has been viewed 10 million times, at the... Read more »

Tween on the tee: Lucy Li, 11 year-old golf phenom, takes on the U.S. Open

Tween on the tee: Lucy Li, 11 year-old golf phenom, takes on the U.S. Open
Lucy Li is a typical tween in many respects. The sixth grader has braces, wears zebra print tops and polka dot skirts, and rocks a mean high pony tail. She lists her interests as painting, swimming, and dancing. Her golf skills, however, set her apart from every other tween in the world. On Thursday, Li... Read more »

11 facts about the World Cup

11 facts about the World Cup
The World Cup happens once every four years and lasts for a month in the summer. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 stadiums in Brazil, the host country of the FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12, 2014. See how much you know and test your soccer/football knowledge with these... Read more »
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A look at the strangest NCAA Tournament mascots

<strong>Coastal Carolina Chanticleers</strong>
<br><br>Coastal Carolina University's <a href="http://www.coastal.edu/about/history/coastalsmascot/" target="_blank">website</a>
 explains, "Chanticleer comes from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. More specifically, he comes from the Nun's Priest Tale, a story within Canterbury Tales. The Chanticleer is a proud and fierce rooster who dominates the barnyard." It is pronounced SHON-ti-clear.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off on Thursday. As you fill out your bracket, consider some of the more unique and interesting NCAA Tournament mascots and some trivia about them. These college mascots help add some wackiness to March Madness. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Trivia and March Madness: 10 ways... Read more »

Thank you, Shaun White, for not medaling in the Olympics

Shaun White was the favorite to take home the gold in the men’s halfpipe competition at the Sochi Olympics. But he did not win. In fact, he did not get any hardware as he finished in fourth place, just off the medal stand. While I’m saddened by Shaun White not medaling, I’m grateful that my... Read more »

Women's ski jumping in the Olympics taught my daughter important life lessons

Women's ski jumping in the Olympics taught my daughter important life lessons
On of the reasons I love the Olympics is because they are a fabulous teaching tool for my tween. Tonight we discussed Vladimir Putin, homophobia, the difference in domestic and foreign policy, what countries are the largest in terms of land mass, and that sometimes doing your best isn’t always enough. There will be many... Read more »
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Winter Olympics trivia: Fun facts about the Winter Games

Winter Olympics trivia: Fun facts about the Winter Games
The XXII (22nd) Winter Olympiad officially commences with the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia on February 7. The games will run until the Closing Ceremonies on February 23. In between, the world will watch athletes reach new heights on the snow and the ice. How much do you know about the Winter Games?  Test your... Read more »

3 Factors to consider before allowing your tween athlete to specialize in one sport

3 Factors to consider before allowing your tween athlete to specialize in one sport
Between practices, games, conditioning, camps and all else that goes along with playing a sport in middle school or junior high, tweens are finding it increasingly difficult to be multiple sport athletes. Many adolescents and parents feel a push to specialize in one sport, and those trying to play multiple sports finding it very challenging... Read more »

Remarkable tweens of 2013: 8 kids changing the world

Emily Lomeli has 10 years old and fighting a rare form of cancer. Chemo treatments did not stop her from organizing a toy donation drive for the pediatric unit at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center last week. She told the <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/12/19/cancer-patient-10-to-deliver-donated-toys-to-children-at-pediatric-hospital/" target="_blank">L.A. CBS station</a>, “If you do something good, it feels good.” Even better, she brought kids together while doing so. Players from both her baseball team and her team's biggest rival joined together to hand out the toys. You can support Emily on this website, <a href="http://www.believein17.org/">believein17.org</a>, named after her baseball number.
It’s hard to believe that 2013 is coming to close, and what a year it has been. During this latest trip around the sun, tweens have proven that they can make a big difference and have a positive impact. The amazing tweens below are kids changing the world, but I know there are a lot... Read more »
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College scholarships for athletes are rare, but that doesn't stop parents from talking about them

College scholarships for athletes are rare, but that doesn't stop parents from talking about them
Today I’m at Families in the Loop with the piece, “Why Focusing on Athletic Scholarships Hurts Our Kids.” Parents talk about college scholarships all the time, be it in regard to the third grader who plays better than his or her teammates to the middle schooler who catches some eyes. First, have you ever heard... Read more »