Leadership: Featured Writer Blogs
A Look Inside Prominent Collegiate Sustainability Efforts
by Dennis Van Milligen February 2014
In the December 2013 issue of AB, senior editor Paul Steinbach examined the growing interest in stadium and arena sustainability, citing a groundbreaking new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council in collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The report, “Collegiate Game Changers,” represents the first time that sustainability efforts currently under way at collegiate sports departments have been documented. According to the report, more than 200 college sports programs (including both intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation programs) are prioritizing a greener approach, prompting Alice Henly, coordinator of NRDC’s collegiate sports work and author of the report, to declare in an NRDC press release: “College athletics and recreation programs are leading the sustainability charge.”
Blog: Don't Let Sexual Orientation Define Sam
by Michael Gaio February 2014
"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," he said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."
Blog: Prioritizing The Student-Athlete a Must for ADs
by Dennis Van Milligen January 2014
Since I have been a member of the AB team, I have had the fortunate opportunity to chronicle the challenges high school athletic administrators are facing in today's high-pressure, win-at-all-costs environment. We hear about all the steps that are being taken to protect the student-athlete from a physical standpoint, but what about from an emotional and psychological standpoint?
Blog: Best Athletic Feats Come After Olympic Games End
by Andrew Barnard January 2014
As the Olympic Games quickly approach, it’s a time of great excitement for the athletes and the countries that they represent. Many of us will organize our schedules around broadcasts of must-see events. Others will maximize DVR use to catch every second of the sports that appeal to them from the first time-trials to the final medals.
Blog: Women-Only Fitness Zones Perpetuate Stereotypes
by Emily Attwood January 2014
Here at AB, it’s the editors’ job to stay on top of what’s happening in the industries we serve. As such, last Friday I came across an article about a gym in Vancouver getting some flak for its decision to close its women-only section.
Blog: Stadium Fan Experience vs. Man Cave
by Andrew Barnard January 2014
I went to a Denver Broncos football game for the first time this season. Usually, I’m watching from the comfort of my man cave. As many before me have discovered, however, a stadium is the ultimate man cave, though for very different reasons.
RG3's Best Qualities Transcend Football
by Michael Gaio December 2013
A man best known for his athletic accomplishments does his best work off the field.
Blog: 9 Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Student-Athletes
by Michael Gaio October 2013
A professor of mine in journalism school at Missouri once said (actually, he tweeted): "Social media is like a gun. Smart people will use it as a useful tool, not-so-smart people will shoot themselves in the foot with it."
Blog: When it Comes to Exercise, Effort Counts
by Mary Helen Sprecher October 2013
I don't know what it's like in your town, but where I live, a marathon is an epic event. For us, it's the Baltimore Running Festival which includes not just the marathon but the half marathon, relay, 5K and kids' run. (And if I'm forgetting anything else that was held along with it, I'm really sorry). It's a fantastically well-organized event and a great day.
Diving Into the World Aquatics Health Conference
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2013
Debbie couldn't believe she was in the same position again. Four years ago, her daughter missed making the U.S. Olympic swim team. It had been agonizing then as her daughter, who was favored to make the team, struggled through her swim. Even her children, including her 11-year-old son, were in shock. After the race, it was discovered Debbie's daughter had swam through herniated discs and stress fractures in her back.