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Getting in the game

Year after year, more students than ever before are participating in NCAA athletics. The climb to more than 472,000 college athletes has been sure and steady, with 12-percent growth occurring during the most recent six-year period.

Back to the Bases

It was the final play in the third game of the season for the New York University baseball team. Coach Doug Kimbler saw the pitch, the pop-up, the ball landing in his shortstop’s mitt. Then, with the game won, Kimbler watched the shortstop roll the ball over the mound before leaving the field, as he would for any other game. Except this wasn’t just any other game. Kimbler knew that ball marked history.

Sibling Showdown

All year, Julio and Ignacio Pulido had been hoping for this matchup. Would it be more nerve-wracking than their typical tennis game? Probably. A bit harder for Mom and Dad to watch? You bet. In some ways, they were used to it – growing up in Caceres, Spain, the Pulido brothers had competed with each other in nearly everything they did. But going head-to-head in the Division II national championship tournament was a first.

Thinking Globally

Sarah Nieburg spent her childhood traveling for soccer, but last summer it took the Randolph-Macon College student-athlete farther than ever: to rural Ghana, where she spent six weeks encouraging gender empowerment through sport.

A Coach Connection

Even though her college tennis days are over, Duke University graduate Parker Goyer is still scoring aces with her international service. Goyer is the founder and director of Coach for College, an educational program that connects student-athletes from the United States with students in Vietnam.

Teaching Dollars and Sense

When new legislation takes effect next month for the five autonomy conferences in Division I, student-athletes will be able to receive scholarships that fund up to the federally defined full cost of attendance, which varies from school to school. But that benefit also means they will need to manage sums of money beyond what many of them are accustomed to handling.

The Emerging Path

Next spring, when women’s beach volleyball serves up the NCAA’s newest championship, it will join the sporting ranks of a unique few. Women’s ice hockey, women’s water polo, rowing and bowling might not appear to have much in common with beach volleyball – nor each other – but the sports’ NCAA championships all share the same roots.

Little League, Big Reunion

In 2005, three University of West Florida baseball players donned baby blue uniforms and represented their hometown of Maitland, Florida, on the biggest stage in youth baseball: the Little League World Series.

Filmmaking in the Fast Lane

“Tracktown” is the second film for Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher, who both attended Dartmouth College. Pappas earned her undergraduate degree in creative writing just before competing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Playing to Remember

Two hours before sunset on June 3, Texas A&M University-Commerce basketball player La’Tisha Hearne pointed her black Nissan Maxima south, crossed four lanes and a wide median and was just a few feet from ensuring that no one in the car would ever remember that intersection. Then a green semi barreled into the right rear door.

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