A twist of faith

She loves football. She also loves the Lord. She thought she would have to give up one for the other.

Food for thought

Last year, when the NCAA relaxed the regulations schools must follow to feed their college athletes, sports dietitians took on a whole new level of importance. Now, their numbers are growing even faster on campuses – and so is their influence.

Smoke screen

Mike Devlin’s path from athlete to addict started with an injury and prescription painkillers, continued with years of deception and nearly cost him his life. How did things turn so dark so quickly? It’s a question every coach, parent and athlete should ask.

A gray matter

Concussion and its consequences are complex, but fear has surged ahead of science. To catch up, researchers funded by the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense teamed up in the largest concussion study in history. They hope to turn anxiety into answers.

Mapping the madness

When teams and their travel parties trek hundreds of thousands of miles on their Road to the Final Four, their every move is charted by travel experts in Waterloo, Iowa, who get the job done using customized software, a color-coded dry-erase board and, always, a large dose of patience.

Playing for two

Kaneisha Atwater got pregnant at 18, but her dreams didn’t die when her son was born. What she thought was her mistake is now  her motivation – she plays basketball so she can go to college so she can give him the childhood she never had.

Home of the brave

Fourteen years ago, Julio Luevano embarked on a covert journey across the Mexican border to settle in a humble Indiana town. Now, his days are filled with maintenance work, family, soccer and studying for a degree finally within his reach.


Jenna Parlette collapsed within sight of the finish line and, days later, she was gone. The medical anomalies that led to her death were complex. So are the emotions that ensued.

Battlefield to home field

Veterans returning from war find a new team — and a different kind of camaraderie.

A Game and a plan

Courtney Boyd didn’t want to follow her peers into the life of drugs and despair that consumed her hometown. To move on, she would need a new family, a new home, a new name – and the belief that an education could change her life.


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