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January 9, 2018

A Little Extra

Our students often hear about the impact of doing more than is asked of you. Guest speakers and alumni often tell them that doing a little extra can help you stand out. Two CSL students did just that during winter break.

Jackson Clark and Racheed Davis worked as sports marketing interns for the University of Maryland’s home basketball game Sunday against Iowa. Maryland Senior Associate AD for External Operations Carrie Blankenship is an adjunct professor in the CSL’s Distance Learning Program and set up a tour of the Terps athletic facilities for our graduate students this Fall. She extended an invitation to our students to return anytime and work as an “intern for a day.” Jackson and Racheed took advantage of the offer.

“The experience at the University of Maryland was great,” said Clark. “We were able to work with their staff before the game to plan out the in-game promotions and then we were able to help carry out the normal duties of an intern during the game. The University’s new flag tradition was easily my favorite part of the trip.”

Davis added, “I am very grateful and appreciative to have had this opportunity. It was great to visit the University of Maryland and not only experience the amazing atmosphere of a basketball game, but also experience what it’s like to work with one of the best athletic marketing departments in the nation.”

 

January 5, 2018

ENVEST India: Leadership Summit Focuses on Communication & Teamwork

Center for Sport Leadership Executive Director Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D. is currently in India for Phase 2 of ENVEST, a sport-for-development initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through their Sport Diplomacy Division. ENVEST consists of four separate cultural exchanges with countries in South and Central Asia: Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Phase 2 programming in Indian is being led by our partner Goals for Girls. Carrie is sharing her experiences through this blog. 

The theme of Day 2 of the summit was Communication. We did this really impactful exercise that I think spoke powerfully to the girls on finding your voice. Each girl had to create a list of “I am” statements (ie: I am strong, I am compassionate, I am humble). They shared their lists with their groups, then chose their favorite statement to shout at the top of their lungs. As soon as they shouted it, we took a Polaroid picture of them for them to keep, where they wrote their “I am” statement. We talked to them about how important it is for them to find their own voice and be who they are, and the girls said the exercise felt happy and freeing. It was so cool to hear all these girls focus on positive self-talk! We played a lot of soccer and other games too, but this activity was so unique that I thought it important to share. Tomorrow is competition day!

Day 3 of the Leadership Summit focused on Teamwork! As you can imagine, we had lots of fun activities for the girls and they got to play full 11 v. 11 soccer games in their teams today. Many of the Indian girls attending the summit have never played full-field games, so it was fun seeing them cheering each other on for some friendly competition! We also talked about teamwork from a community perspective, discussing how important it is for us to feel connected to our community and the need to work to improve it.

I’ve been truly amazed over these last three days at how open and loving all these girls are toward one another. Strangers meeting a few days ago are now smiling, hugging, and joking with one another like best friends. It’s refreshing to see something as simple as a soccer ball unify people of different places, backgrounds, and stations in life. More to come on our LAST day in India!

January 3, 2018

ENVEST India – Leadership Summit Begins

Center for Sport Leadership Executive Director Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D. is currently in India for Phase 2 of ENVEST, a sport-for-development initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through their Sport Diplomacy Division. ENVEST consists of four separate cultural exchanges with countries in South and Central Asia: Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Phase 2 programming in Indian is being led by our partner Goals for Girls. Carrie is sharing her experiences through this blog. 

 

Today was day 1 of the Leadership Summit and what an awesome day to begin! Over 215 girls are here in Delhi from the U.S. and all across India. Some of the girls who are here traveled for more than 40 hours by train to get to the summit, which shows you just how amazing an experience as this is! Each day of the summit we have a theme, and today’s was ‘awareness’. We worked with the girls on soccer and life skills, all revolving around awareness of ourselves, our friends, and our community.

By day’s end, you would have thought these girls were long lost friends, and that’s with many of them speaking different languages. The girls have bonded with one another over their common love of soccer, as well as their acknowledgement of the powerful role they need to play in their communities. The smiling faces say it all at the end of the day, and we still have 3 more days to go!

For more stories and pictures, check out our ENVEST India Facebook page. 

January 3, 2018

Bonds (’14) Proud of UCF Football Success

One of the best stories of the 2017 college football season was Central Florida beating Auburn in the Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl to complete an undefeated season. One CSL alum who worked closely with the Knights football team couldn’t be more proud of their success.

Traci Bonds (’14) is an Academic Advisor for UCF Athletics, working specifically with the defensive players on the Knights Football team. She was in Atlanta on New Year’s Day to watch UCF complete their perfect 13-0 season.

“People always ask me why I work so much, why I sacrifice so much of my time and energy to these guys…this is why,” said Bonds.  “To play a small part in each and every one of my guy’s journey, to lift them up in the struggles and to celebrate the successes.”

People who work in college athletics know how important it is to have a dedicated and talented academic support staff. Traci is one of many CSL alums working in that capacity to make a difference in the lives of student-athletes. Great job, Traci.

 

January 2, 2018

ENVEST India: Day 3 & 4

Center for Sport Leadership Executive Director Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D. is currently in India for Phase 2 of ENVEST, a sport-for-development initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through their Sport Diplomacy Division. ENVEST consists of four separate cultural exchanges with countries in South and Central Asia: Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Phase 2 programming in Indian is being led by our partner Goals for Girls. Carrie is sharing her experiences through this blog. 

The past few days in India have been a whirlwind. This week has been really focused around the American girls (Goals for Girls) and the Indian girls (Slum Soccer) getting to know one another. The Indian girls have played host to the Americans, showing them what it’s like to live in India. They’ve opened their homes to our group (we visited a few of their homes and met their families yesterday) and showed us the communities and schools with which they interact daily.

We were also very lucky to spend our New Year’s celebration a few hours outside of Nagpur with a group called Women in Need who help women who are ill, abandoned, or otherwise in need of care and comfort. Their facility is associated with a leprosy colony, so we were also able to get a very real look at a disease that has impacted so many in this country, but is thankfully not as debilitating now due to medication and treatment. The women with leprosy have lived most of their lives in this facility and were thrilled to share their time and stories with our young, energetic women.

I feel confident saying that the groups of girls have bonded and that our American delegation better understands the similarities and differences they share with their pen pals. We traveled last night to Delhi, where the Leadership Summit will begin tomorrow, so lots more to come!
For more stories and pictures, check out our ENVEST India Facebook page. 

 

January 1, 2018

ENEST India: Day 2

Center for Sport Leadership Executive Director Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D. is currently in India for Phase 2 of ENVEST, a sport-for-development initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through their Sport Diplomacy Division. ENVEST consists of four separate cultural exchanges with countries in South and Central Asia: Kazakhstan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Phase 2 programming in Indian is being led by our partner Goals for Girls. Carrie is sharing her experiences through this blog. 

Internet service has been spotty the last couple of days so I’ll keep in brief and let the pictures tell the story. The Goals for Girls group visited a town called Kamptee, which is predominantly Muslim. They toured an all girls school and spent time with the students. The young girls from the U.S. and India shared stories about what their daily lives and learned about each other culture.

In each of the last three years, Goals for Girls and their Indian partner Slum Soccer has teamed up on a community service project. This time, ENVEST participants painted a wall that surrounds the area where young girls play soccer.

The ENVEST delegation also participated in Slum Soccer’s program called Edu-Kick, which is a platform to teach math through soccer. The girls finally hit the pitch, as the young players representing Goal for Girls scrimmaged the Slum Soccer team.

As I said in a previous blog post, I am playing more of a support role on this trip. The CSL was award the grant for ENVEST but we sub-awarded Phase 2 to Goal for Girls who is taking the lead on the programming in Indian. Here is the amazing leadership team on the ground in Indian who is doing amazing work.
For more stories and pictures, check out our ENVEST India Facebook page. 

Cassadie Nelson, a HS soccer coach from Salt Lake City. Becca Ritchie, Natalie Norris and Annie Hawkins all semi-professional players from Real Salt Lake Women. Carrie LeCrom, Jackie Skinner, Operations Director of Goals for Girls. Laura Dearden, photographer