Hello Stag Fans -
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the 2012 ECAC Awards show and convention with my co-workers Head Softball Coach Julie Brzezinski and Athletic Communications lady Kelly McCarthy. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, so the convention featured some influential women to speak in its honor. The ECAC held their awards dinner on Sunday night at the marvelous Mystic Marriott where the dinner guests got to hear from award winners, both athletes and administrators.
My favorite award given on the night was the Award of Valor. This is a special award given to an athlete who has been through trials and tribulations but still managed to have the strength to perform both academically and athletically. One award winner that stuck in my mind battled his way through chemotherapy while continuing to play baseball and put up big numbers. However, one at bat he fouled the ball off of his foot and since his body was comprised because of his treatments his foot broke. The young man refused to give up, the NCAA granted him a year of eligibility so he rehabilitated himself back and was able to finish out his career successfully.
The next day we had a full schedule. There were speakers all day and topics ranging from NCAA Compliance to how social media is changing sports today. Since one of my responsibilities as DOBO is our Facebook page and Twitter account it was a great opportunity for me to hear a professional speak about sports and social media.
Following the social media lecture we were fortunate to hear from Donna Lopiano who has dedicated a great portion of her life to fighting for women’s rights in sports. Personally, I do not think I stop and acknowledge the importance of Title IX and the impact it has had on the lives of females everywhere, but luckily I had two old birds (Julie and Kelly) with me to put things in perspective.
I learned a lot from all of the speakers at the convention but I would have to say my favorite part of the weekend was hearing legendary SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn speak and getting the chance to meet her. Linda shoots straight from the cuff and there is little-to-no filter, which I find very refreshing. Linda told us a little about her story and what it was like being one of the only women to last in her job at the time. One quote I took away from her was “Don’t be afraid to be yourself, don’t become a robot!”
The other quote I took away was when I introduced myself to her (with help from Kelly McCarthy) she said, and yes, this is a direct quote from Linda: “WOW, you’re famous!! I’m so excited to meet you!” I don’t know who she was mistaking me for but hey, I’ll take that compliment and run with it!
Thanks for reading,