Winter 2016

Stroke of brilliance

The wedding rehearsal was supposed to start at 6:30 p.m. one Friday in September. But the minutes ticked toward the bottom of the hour, then away from it again. Bridesmaids checked the time on their phones. Groomsmen glanced at their watches. Where, they all wondered, was the officiant?

A Lane of His Own

Mike Kroll started Manchester University’s swimming and diving program a year ago after a decade of finding success as a coach and swimmer. With spastic cerebral palsy, Kroll’s goal as a swimmer wasn’t to win a race but to make himself better and meet his personal goals every day.

An honest appraisal can change course of student-athletes

Growing up in rural South Carolina, sports were always an integral part of my life. This inclination followed me into my days as a young man, when I dreamed of one day becoming an NBA player and emulating Jo Jo White of the Boston Celtics. Then, I met Dr. Elizabeth Bethel.

The Shot of a Lifetime

In the late 1990s, one of the most sought-after high school recruits in the nation didn’t play basketball or football. Instead, he was a marksman from Mount Holly, New Jersey, who had already set a junior world record as a 16-year-old in the 50-meter rifle three-position event.

Filling Backpacks, Stomachs - and Hearts

When Jenna Maury isn’t stuffing the stat sheet on the softball field or facts into her head for an upcoming psychology exam, she is cramming food into backpacks for needy families in her hometown of Lawton, Michigan.

Plugged Into Life

Since beating cancer in 2009, Caitlyn Mortus’ mission has been to provide that opportunity to children fighting life-threatening illnesses through what she calls “social healing.”

Friends of the Court

So 50 grandparents walk into a gym … That isn’t a setup to a bad joke: It’s the scene that happens when the Franklin College women’s basketball team takes the court.

It’s Electric

Building a good strength and conditioning program can be hard when you don’t necessarily have a strength and conditioning coach. Dan Giuliani experienced this difficulty firsthand while playing football at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

From There to Here: Warde Manuel

Warde Manuel can use his life story as an example for the college athletes at the University of Connecticut to follow when it comes to being prepared for life after the playing days end.

A Perennial Pair

Five years ago, best friends and teammates Kacey Deterding and Maddie Johnson sat next to each other in a high school library and signed papers committing themselves to Lubbock Christian University and, essentially, to each other

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