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A pragmatic approach

The University of Michigan was one of six awardees that received an NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant in 2014, the first year of the program. The grants are intended to provide tangible benefits to student-athletes, by both informing research geared toward their wellness and more directly, by creating programming aimed at enhancing well-being and mental health outcomes.

Beth Brooke-Marciniak: Failure is not an option

A pioneer of sorts, in 1977 Brooke-Marciniak was in the first class of women recruits at Purdue University to receive a basketball scholarship. She continues to pave way for women in the workplace today and has been named to Forbes Magazine’s listing of the world’s 100 most powerful women seven times.

Tony Jones: Think ahead, fly a jet

How do you go from playing college basketball to having the honor of flying Barack Obama on his first flight to Washington, D.C. as president-elect?

Rachel Price Bell, clinical scientist, and Ronda Price Brinley, anesthesiologist

Growing up in Merrillville, Indiana, twins Ronda and Rachel Price were good students and solid outside hitters on the volleyball team, though they weren’t sure their athletic careers would extend past high school. Neither of them received much college scouting attention.

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