The Women of the College Football National Championship

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In the weeks leading up to the College Football National Championship we’ve heard and read a TON about the offenses, defenses, coaches, players and percentages of the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide. And rightfully so, the teams are setting us up for a National Championship for the record books. These men have worked extremely hard for the opportunity to play for a National Championship, so they deserve all the coverage they get. But there are some people we haven’t heard much about who have also played important roles in getting these teams to the National Championship. There are many, many people behind the scenes who work to help keep the machines that are Clemson and Alabama football running smoothly and successfully. They’re in recruitment, development, athletic training and management and without them, victories aren’t possible. Unbeknownst to many, a number of these crucial positions are held by women. In preparation for tonight’s showdown on the gridiron, we thought it only fitting to give a shout out to just a few of women who’ve help bring Clemson and Alabama to Tampa Bay, FL.

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GLADIATHERS®: A YEAR IN REVIEW

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2016 has come and gone rather rapidly.  We’ve had some ups and downs, some excitement and some calm, some unexpected and some monotonous.  And we’re thankful to have been around for it all.  So, in the last couple of days of the year, we’re taking a few minutes to reflect on some of what GladiatHers® brought the world in 2016.  Enjoy and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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AMAIYA ZAFAR, THE FIGHTER

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Today we’re talking with a pretty fierce and courageous young woman.  At the age of sixteen boxer Amaiya Zafar is literally and figuratively fighting her way into the boxing ring.  In honoring her Muslim faith, Amaiya has chosen to train and compete while wearing a hijab and covering her arms and legs.  While this may seem harmless to some, the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) and USA Boxing claim that her modest dress is somehow a threat to her safety.  In fact, last month at the Sugar Bert Tournament in Florida, Amaiya was disqualified* because she refused to part with her clothing in favor of competing.  Her journey into boxing and commitment to doing it on her own terms offers a glimpse at what it truly means to fight for what you believe in.

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DR. KIMBERLY CLAY: EMPOWERING US TO PLAY LIKE GIRLS

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Back when I was growing up, doing anything like a girl was an insult. These days though, girls and boys are learning that women are strong and capable and that doing things like a girl can make you pretty successful. One of the main people responsible for changing the rhetoric, is Dr. Kimberly Clay. Dr. Kim is the CEO and Founder of Play Like a Girl!®. She works seemingly non-stop to make America a healthier place by focusing on some of its most precious assets, girls and women. She has used her personal experiences and professional expertise to build an organization that is truly poised to change the world.  Continue reading

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BALLERS TO WATCH IN 2017

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The 2016-2017 season is shaping up to be one of the best years for women’s college basketball.  There have been really good games so far and it’s only going to get better from here.  The New Year means conference play time and time to start thinking about March Madness.  Now, GladiatHers®, I know what you’re thinking- you haven’t seen many games this year and you’re not sure who is mixing up the scene now that the 3 Super Giants, Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, are gone.  And I know you don’t want to get your predictions wrong, especially after last year’s unpredictable Final Four.   Well, I’m here to help.  Remember these names when drawing up your brackets in March and as you watch women’s basketball in 2017…

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THE AUDACITY OF SKYLAR DIGGINS

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World-class athletes don’t really owe the world anything. Like you and I, they’re free to live their lives as they please. But some world-class athletes choose to go the extra mile. These audacious athletes choose to chase greatness in every part of their lives. They give of their precious time and talents to foster businesses and relationships that extend far beyond their athletic feats. Sklyar Diggins is that kind of athlete. The two-time WNBA All-Star, 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player and 2015 ESPY Winner dedicates just as much time to her life off the court as her life on the court. She is on the Board of Directors of the GenYouth Foundation, runs the Skylar’s Scholars program, participates in various basketball camps and is the author of a children’s book. She does it all on top of grueling training, intense games, modeling, media tours, family and friends. Yeah, Skylar has the audacity to believe that she can do it all and we love watching her do it. We had the privilege to catch up with her to find out what she has going on, how she balances her hectic life and what she thinks about some of the major issues involving women in sports. Take a look at what she had to say… Continue reading