Sports as a Focused Meditation

by Mette Ivie Harrison I come from a very non-athletic family. Of eleven siblings, I remember three being involved in sports (two in cross-country, one a cheerleader) in high school, and none were in sports beyond high school. I was a swimmer for three years in high school and during that time my parents never […]

How Volleyball Helped Shaped Me

by Lindsay Chaney I started playing volleyball through my city community recreation center in fourth grade. I fell in love with the sport. In sixth grade I started playing club volleyball (competitive teams). Playing volleyball became my identity. Through junior and senior high school, six months out of the year I would spend my weekends at large […]

Girls’ Sports Participation Series: Part II

Over the next several weeks, we’re featuring stories of AMWers who participated in high school and college athletics–and women who are still participating in athletics as adults. If you’re interested in sharing your story, email us at Sarah Jones Asthma plagued my childhood; some of my earliest memories are of wheezing on the couch as my mom […]

The Day Sports Mattered to Me

by Celeste Tholen Growing up, I played soccer every day during recess. I loved running after the ball and maybe getting a piece of it. But I hovered dangerously close to the “picked last for the team” cliche, saved only by the fact that I was friends with the pretty, athletic girls who everyone wanted […]

Running Across America: Keila Merino

  with Naomi Watkins By the time you read this article, Keila Merino will have already completed 5 days of running an average of 50 miles per day towards her goal to claim the Guinness World Record for the fastest run across America. She’s attempting to run from Los Angeles City Hall to NYC City Hall in […]

YW Spotlight: Tabitha, Soccer Player & Humanitarian

Name: Tabitha Smith Location: Utah Tell us a little about yourself: I am 14 years old. I am the oldest child and the only girl. I love soccer, traveling, and hanging out with friends. I have been playing soccer since I was six. I played on my high school soccer team this year. I enjoy […]

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