Anyone who knows me moderately well knows that I love me some Friday Night Tykes. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a reality TV show based on youth football leagues in Texas and Pennsylvania. It’s packed with all the drama that comes from the combination of talented youth football players, questionable parenting and coaching and cable TV editing. I love it. While the show is understandably mostly about the boys who play and the men who coach them; occasionally, the storyline follows a young girl who dares to play with the boys or a woman who is knowledgeable and brave enough to stand on the sidelines as a coach. Last night, we got a glimpse at one of those women, but unfortunately, she was neither brave nor showed herself to be knowledgeable. On the contrary, she used very cowardly, thoughtless tactics in an effort to win a football game, and showed how women shouldn’t be coaching. Let me tell you what happened.
Today marks the start of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. Can you feel the excitement? We can. We’re siding with Asia McCants and against the odds by selecting South Carolina as our pick to be crowned National Champions. Check out our bracket below. Who’s your pick to win it all? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-date tournament coverage! If you still haven’t filled out your bracket, click here for a printable one. Happy March Madness!!
Way back in 1947, when Bill France Sr. created the National Association of Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) it’s unlikely that he and the roughly twenty other white men in the room with him, had the advancement of women or people of color in mind. And that was par for the course in America. While they met to form what would become one of the premier motorsports organizations in the world, Jim Crow was in full swing and women earned only 46 cents for every dollar that men earned. But just as Jim Crow has been eliminated and women have come closer to earning their fair share, NASCAR has made progress and given women and people of color access to the organization. Last Saturday, NASCAR’s Multicultural Development’s Division invited various groups to be a part of its NASCAR Opinion Leaders activation at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) during the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series double header to see some of that progress. In partnership with Minorities in Sports (MIS), GladiatHers.com was in the middle of the action.
NASCAR and women are not synonymous; not yet anyway. But there’s a woman, Amber Balcaen, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba who’s working her absolute hardest to change that. She is the only Canadian to compete in the 2014 and 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and the 2015 Bill McAnally Racing Drivers Expo. In 2016, she became the first Canadian woman to win a NASCAR sanctioned race in the USA and earned Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series for Lee Pulliam Performance. Now signed to Martin-McClure Racing as their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver, this full-time racer and part-time student is poised to take NASCAR by storm. We got the chance to chat with Balcaen about her journey to racing, women in NASCAR and lots more. Find out what she has to say, you won’t be disappointed…
If you follow GladiatHers® on Instagram (and you definitely should be) you a got behind-the-scenes look at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for this year’s Rinnai 250 and Active Pest Control 200. We’ll give you a recap later this week, but we wanted to make sure you got a chance to meet one of NASCAR’s up and coming GladiatHers®, Madeline “Maddy” Crane. The nineteen year old veteran racer from Georgia is poised to leave her mark on the sport. Check out our interview below:
For many, NASCAR is synonymous with fast cars and the men who drive them. Historically, women were relegated to being scantily clad race starters, trophy girls and wives. But just as women have progressed in other sports, women have come a long way in NASCAR. Long before Danica Patrick hit the scene women began making strides in NASCAR. Today, in honor of Women’s History Month and NASCAR Week we’re highlighting some of those historically significant women who dared to go beyond trophy holding trophies and photo ops and into NASCAR boardrooms and cars.
Hey y’all! I’m supa dupa excited to announce that it’s NASCAR Week here at GladiatHers.com! *cue applause* All his week we’ll be posting about NASCAR. The week will culminate in GladiatHers.com making an appearance at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Rinnai 250 and Active Pest Control 200 Races. Exciting, right?! Be sure to check the blog, Instagram and Twitter daily for updates and lots of great information. Today we’re kicking things off by making sure that you’ve got the basics of NASCAR down so that you know exactly what to expect and what’s going on on race day. So here’s the 411 on NASCAR.