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What Attracted Me to Women's Basketball?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This is a genuine question. I didn't grow up as an athletic person. My dad was a life-long athlete and sports fan, but basketball wasn't one of the sports he followed. So, nothing in my distant past brought me to this. This morning I found out the University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, a legendary coach, has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and it hit me just as it did when I found out that one of my favorite cousins has dementia.... which brought me to wonder how I got here.

The conclusion is pretty much inescapable. I became a fan not because I could see myself doing what they do. I don't have that skill set and I'm under 5'2". I became a fan because they're women and they're doing what THEY do well, to the best of their ability. You can't ask more than that of anyone can you? And while we all have the tendency to expect ridiculous things of ourselves, doing what we do to the best of our ability is what we SHOULD expect of ourselves every day, isn't it?

Pat Summitt is reacting to this news in characteristic fashion. She's not backing down. She's not quitting. She's simply acknowledging what she's dealing with and now she'll deal with it. And that's why I am a fan of women's basketball... which sort of all started with Pat Summitt more than a decade ago.

The last couple of years have been rough ones for me, so I need the message that its okay to put myself out there. That its okay to take the hits. That its okay to acknowledge that things are tough but then its time to get back out there. That a woman can be just that strong. That I'm not alone. That the game's not over until its over and that we need to show up for all of it.

This is the message that I get, not just from Pat Summitt, but from every woman who is a great competitor... and that's why I'm a fan.
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    Ann I was also not atheletic growing up and as you I am under 5'2" but for me I became a season ticket holder when I found out the Storm was coming to Seattle. I did it, not to attend the games especially but to support womens sports.

    These teams are the result of equal time for women sports and wow look what it has brought us.

    Yeah I grew up with half court play in high school. yikes do you know there are still schools that play that way today. I think they are in Texas...
    2491 days ago
    I remember the basketball I grew up with - half court. What we were too weak to go the distance? I love that woman have taken the basketball stage as true competitors. Are you aware of the movie coming out in October The Mighty Macs?

    Pat is showing the courage that defines sportswomanship!

    You have too. Rising up past the burdens is a hallmark of being a winner. emoticon
    2491 days ago
    Great message to get and to share. It's obvious that you are a true fan; thanks so much for sharing your love of the game and why! We thoroughly enjoyed the game and talking with you last night. Thanks again for sharing the tickets!!
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