Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Welcome Funding Source

DECEMBER 4, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. A Welcome Funding Source

The Carol Roberts Field House at Yale has amenities that its namesake could not have dreamed of when she was an athlete at Yale in the 1970s. Credit...Jessica Hill for The New York Times

"When Yale recruited Carol Roberts in 1977 to play field hockey and softball, the locker room for those sports was still about a half-mile from the women’s playing fields. As Ms. Roberts recalled, both teams shared one portable toilet.
“Like from a construction site,” she said with a laugh. When a trailer was brought in that contained a sink and multiple stalls, she said, “we thought we had arrived.”
Decades later, as chief financial officer of International Paper, Ms. Roberts, 59, a mechanical engineer by training, donated $4 million of a $6 million project to build a field house for Yale’s female athletes between the field hockey and softball fields. It opened in 2018 and includes home and visitor locker rooms, a training room, coaches’ offices and an observation deck for spectators.
As the 50th anniversary of Title IX approaches, the pioneering athletes who first benefited from the 1972 federal gender-equity law are now in their 50s or 60s, and some of them have gained sizable wealth as more women have entered the executive suite. They have created a subset of university giving, donating millions back to their alma maters as primary donors to build facilities and endow scholarships and coaching positions."

>> The Big Picture: “I’m sure some of it is me being a female athletic director, but more and more female athletes are reaching out to me and asking how they can help. I used to never get those calls.” - Vicky Chun, athletic director, Yale.

Pay AttentionSports philanthropy reflects that women who have made their own money, inherited fortunes or outlived their spouses are controlling more wealth than ever in the United States and are directing it to their favorite causes, including higher education, said David Callahan, the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a digital media site.

>> The Key Stat: “Women are so behind in investments and salaries,” said Suzie Glazer Burt, whose family wealth was generated in finance. “I wanted to make a statement — it’s time for women to empower women to be successful.”

>> Read More, courtesy of Jere Longman, New York Times


2.  Soccer Smarts

The 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America® men’s soccer teams selected by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) were announced Tuesday. Maryville's Shannon Reagan and Baldwin Wallace's Danny Ruple were selected as the Academic All-Americans of the Year.

The Division III Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Division III Academic All-America® teams.

First Team - Women
GK-Mandy St. Germain, Sr., WPI; D-Devin Haupt, Sr., Piedmont; D-Faith Holloway, Sr., Chapman; D-Maya Nielan, Jr., MIT; D-Camille Williams, Jr., Carnegie Mellon; M-Emily Berzolla, Sr., MIT; M-Haley Moses, Sr., Ohio Northern; M-Julia Panko, Sr., Stevens; M-Carson Pokorny, Sr., Christopher Newport; F-Brooke Firestone, Sr., Messiah; F-Caroline Fleming, Sr., Adrian; F-Shannon Reagan, Sr., Maryville.
  • Six players on the first team and 14 of the 33 honorees have 4.0 GPAs. The average GPA for the first team in 3.97 with the full team at 3.96.
First Team - Men
GK-Josh Koleske, Sr., St. Norbert; D-Luke Deel, Sr., Elmhurst; D-Eric Kirby, Jr., Rose-Hulman; D-Nick Schwarzel, Sr., Penn State Behrend; D-Jackson White, Sr., Macalester; M-John Furcick, Sr., Clarkson; M-DR Medtart, Sr., Stevenson; M-Matt Napolitano, Sr., Aurora; F-Ian Adams, Sr., Calvin; F-Logan Bylsma, Sr., Hope; F-Danny Ruple, Sr., Baldwin Wallace.
  • Six players on the first team and 11 of the 33 honorees have 4.0 GPAs. The average GPA for the first team in 3.97 with the full team at 3.93.
  • Tip o' the hat to B-W long-time SID Kevin Ruple. We think you'll figure out why. 
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3.  Adding Sports


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4. Saints Stun No. 1

Emmanuel scored 11 unanswered points in a 3:51 span of the final period to fuel a 60-55 victory at top-ranked Amherst on Tuesday night. Senior Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda led the Saints (4-3) with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
  • It is the first time that Emmanuel has toppled a top-ranked team since 2005 when the Saints handed No. 1 Bowdoin its first defeat of the season.
  • The loss snapped the Mammoths' 12-game home win streak.

5.  Landmark Hosts Women's Symposium

"The Landmark Conference hosted its second Women in Sports Symposium for conference members’ student-athletes and staff members that are interested in pursuing or elevating their career in college athletics. The symposium had attendees from all eight Landmark institutions that ranged from student-athletes, graduate assistants, coaches and administrators. The senior woman administrators from each member institution organized and planned the event with financial support from the conference and the NCAA Division III Strategic Initiatives Grant Program.
This year’s Symposium, entitled Women in Sports: Avenues to Athletics, worked with Strive Leadership to coordinate two days of programming for attendees. Strive mediated four sessions that included focused conversations and activities on cultivating resilience and success, communication, goal setting and more.
"The Women in Sport Symposium was a great opportunity to meet and connect with the amazing women who are the face of the Landmark Conference,” stated The University of Scranton softball student-athlete Meaghan Dowdell. “I really enjoyed every moment of the Strive Program and learned so much by hearing the different opportunities that are offered working in athletics. I especially learned how much Division 3 athletics is beyond being a player."

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6.  Comings and Goings

7.  1 Song Thing

The Who
 announced last night it will play its first Cincinnati area concert since 11 fans died 40 years ago in a pre-show stampede.
  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band will play April 23 at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena, across the Ohio River and seven miles south of the Dec. 3, 1979, concert, per AP.
"We need to go back to Cincinnati," Pete Townshend said on a documentary aired in Cincinnati last night. "It would be such a joyous occasion for us, and such a healing thing."

- courtesy of Axios
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