Well as my profile indicates, I am a women’s lacrosse coach. I’m the head coach at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Football is king here in the heart of Dixie, but I came down here to grow the game and build this program. The task of growing lacrosse at the grassroots is daunting however for women’s sports there’s an even greater issue which is lack of respect. So this is what our women’s lacrosse board is challenging people to do. Go online and check out women’s lacrosse. It’s a fantastic sport, yes I’m bias, but it incorporates so much tactics and strategies from other popular sports like basketball, ice hockey and yes football.
Lacrosse has played an important role in my healing process because it’s something that has occupied my mind and continues to challenge me to develop and improve. My teams have helped me along this journey and now I want to use this forum to get some of you who are also unfamiliar with the sport to check it out as well.
If you’re reading this, you are probably involved with, or a fan of, women’s lacrosse. And if you are involved with women’s lacrosse, I am betting that you may be a tad bit competitive. In fact, I am counting on it. Because I have a CHALLENGE for you, and I know anyone that’s even a tiny bit competitive can’t resist a challenge.
So by now, you’ve probably heard all about why women’s sports aren’t on TV:
- People don’t like to “watch” women’s sports
- Women don’t support each other by watching women’s sports (in person or on TV)
- Female athletes aren’t as compelling as their male counterparts
Of course none of those things are true. Women’s sports aren’t on television because television executives have chosen not to air women’s sporting events. Ironically, however, when they do decide to cover women’s sporting events, people watch (anyone remember the Women’s World Cup?).
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