Many of us were not ultimately paid to play; as the league developed financial troubles, many of us myself included received checks that bounced.
I literally never dreamed that I'd be paid to play basketball, and the year I graduated from Stanford, I suddenly had two opportunities: Many of us were not ultimately paid to play; as the league developed financial troubles, many of us myself included received checks that bounced.
One coach insisted on calling us 'girls' when we asked to be called women. Most had never coached women before and compared us unfavorably to the men and boys they had coached. There was a lack of respect for us as athletes that we found demeaning.
I write for various newspapers and magazines, such as the Washington Post and Ms. I swim about two miles or lift weights each morning and play golf every chance I get.
I taught myself left-handed and right-handed layups in my driveway, where my parents had put up a hoop for my brother. Eastern Pennsylvania had a pretty progressive program for girls in those days, so we had a good coach Dottie Bunting for three years of junior high and one year of high school Mary Smith.
I asked the boys coach if I could try out for the boys team, and he said no, my 'breasts would get in the way. He said I could play only if he could 'personally bind' my breasts. That's called sexual harassment now, but in those days there was no context for it, and no recourse; I just didn't try out.
I did play intramural ball with the boys. My volleyball coach noticed me there, and invited me to try out for her AAU team, the Phoenix Dusters.
There I played for two years with women whose average age was That helped impress Stanford, where I played the next four years.
AtI used to be tall. I never learned how to shoot over or around taller players. They'd block my shots all the time. She's way better than I ever was, but she's thin and agile and plays with finesse and persistence. All the players who play with passion, heart, skill, creativity and panache.
Who were your basketball role models growing up? And Babe Didrikson, because I read books about her, but she died the year I was born.
Pioneers are people who go where others have not gone before. They usually don't get rich or famous, and they often suffer numerous hardships and indignities, but they open doors for future generations.
Hard work and hard play is fun! Use the challenges of the game as an opportunity to develop patience, persistence, teamwork, leadership and more. Understand that winning is a useful goal, but not the most important one. Most important is learning and growing and developing yourself as a person.
I'm successful as an author and speaker because of the discipline and commitment to excellence I developed through basketball. I'm still an athlete and still think all the time about how to apply athletic essentials to achieve my goals. So I think we're literally unable to imagine how big this game could get.
But when we look at women's tennis, we get a glimpse. I expect women's basketball to follow in their path:The WBL brought professional women``s basketball to the United States for three seasons from to As the WBL celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first women``s professional basketball.
Dec 08, · The Washington Business Journal features local business news about Washington, D.C..
By Mariah Burton Nelson – Dec 8, , am EST even by simply standing . Dec 08, · Leadership demands high 'physical intelligence' quotient. Email; Share; even by simply standing and stretching now and then By Mariah Burton. This week, heartoftexashop.com checks in with Mariah Burton Nelson (formerly Maggie Nelson of the New Jersey Gems).
Up next: Michelle McKenzie At , I used to be tall. The Unburdened Heart: 5 Keys to Forgiveness and Freedom [Mariah Burton Nelson] on heartoftexashop.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Molested as a young teenager, Mariah Burton Nelson found herself /5(11).
Mariah Burton Nelson: Standing Tall for Women's Rights Essay. In Mariah Burton Nelson’s article I Won, I’m Sorry, the relationship between women and athleticism is .