Ginny

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Finding the Way Back to Go Forward Again

The first time I met the person who taught me about chasing dreams beyond the sports world, I realized she wasn’t normal. Nearly thirty years ago, so forgive me if I don’t recall the exact details, but I will never forget how this woman just didn’t take no for an answer. She headed a tiny non-profit that paired low-income youth at risk of not graduating from high school with adult mentors with the goal of shifting the students onto a track that would give them a better future than their predictable one. She never let her students’ present obstacles obscure their future possibilities. Never. She talked a good game of transformation, but she also walked her talk. She found solutions. A bushwhacker, that’s what she was, clearing paths for students to find the way from a messy present to a more hopeful future, largely under their own steam. […]

November 14th, 2014|Essays, Friendship, Non-Profit|

Afterthoughts

Odd, given my recent musings about UNC’s despicable behavior in the sports realm, that I found myself on Friday night at the Kenan Flagler Business School’s Sixteenth Annual Alumni Merit & Leadership Awards dinner. As I sat listening to the accolades heaped upon the six men and one women who were recognized, I found myself reflecting on the huge disparity between two of UNC’s flagship programs: the business school and its sports programs. As I sat listening, increasingly moved and inspired by the honorees (one of whom, Gary Monroe, I work closely with, as he’s the President of the investment firm I lead), I realized, again, how complex we human beings are. […]

November 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Letter to A Reader

So, I received a slightly aggrieved message from one of my readers in response to my last blog post, “Can We Have Sports Without Cheating,” the substance of which I have taken the liberty of quoting here: After reading your piece on performance enhancing drugs, I don't know how you feel or how an Olympic [...]

November 4th, 2014|1984 Olympics, Reader Feedback, Substance Abuse|

Can We Have Sports Without Cheating?

It seems cheating is pairing with sports more frequently these days, like the vanilla ice-cream and apple pie combo: inseparable. Of course, there are some key differences. You can choose to eat apple pie solo, but why would you? A taste of creamy, melting vanilla ice-cream enhances the flavor and enjoyment of every bite of [...]

November 3rd, 2014|Essays, Sports|

Meditations on Rowing

I love sports for so many reasons, rowing in particular. Because I’ve devoted my recent blog entries to rowing, I’ve turned this entry over to some of my rowing readers. Open weights, lightweights, collegiate, club, and Olympic rowers took the time to share their reasons for loving this sport, one that requires uncommon dedication, thanks [...]

October 27th, 2014|Essays, Sports|

Homecoming

Returning to Boston for the Head of the Charles Regatta always reminds me of going home to visit my family, even though I grew up in NYC, two hundred miles to the south. I lived in Boston for five years and then left to move to the great Northwest, home of rainy winters and long, luxurious summer twilights. That was nearly thirty years ago. I’ve lived more than half my life considerably west of the Mississippi, and likely thrived as a result, but everything I’ve done in those three decades doesn’t seem to make it on the plane with me when I head east for the world’s biggest regatta. It’s no wonder that I associate Boston with my adolescence, even though the ink on my college degree had barely dried when I packed it up with the rest of my gear and headed north on Interstate 95. I moved there because I had to go somewhere and I sure wasn’t moving back home to NYC. By then I knew I was a city girl, but not a big city girl. At least Boston offered the presence of my college boyfriend to keep me company, and a river with boathouses to keep me occupied during my job hunt. Of course, I planned to quit rowing once I landed employment, but the pull proved too strong, and I spent the next five years developing a deep intimacy with the Charles River and participating in the community of national team wannabes. […]

October 24th, 2014|Essays, Sports|

A Love Affair, Forty Years and Counting

What to say about the 2014 Head of the Charles? Other than that this race, in which nearly 11,000 competitors participated this past weekend, holds a deeply special place in my heart? Well, to begin with, consider that on the waters of the Charles I practiced making my own dreams come true, training for the ’84 Olympics. I could tell you… This was the fiftieth anniversary of the first head race established in the United States and the 46th anniversary of women joining its competitive fray; It’s been staged in all kinds of weather – sparkling sunshine, pouring rain, thick flakes of driving snow, muggy and warm, bone chilling cold – under the full gamut of rowing conditions, from dead flat calm to furious white caps. The regatta was canceled once, in 1996, due to a hundred year storm, and rowed on a shortened course in 1969 & 2004. It’s the largest rowing regatta in the world: 61 events over two days. Athletes from all the world’s inhabited continents competed in events that pitted high schoolers against each other and premier university programs against Olympic champions. Rowers of all ages, from young punks to octogenarians, wind their way around the course’s four major curves and through its six bridges. The oldest competitor this year was an 87-year-old single sculler racing in the senior veteran women’s single. Yet none of that begins to capture this event’s personal significance: […]

October 22nd, 2014|Essays, Sports|

All The Yes Behind the Silent No

As I heard and read about the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear any of the lower circuit court appeals on Marriage Equality in the last week, parsing through its unspoken “No,” my therapist’s voice echoed in my head. I don’t know how many times across how many sessions she repeated the phrase: “when you [...]

October 17th, 2014|marriage equality, Supreme Court|

Yesterday’s Dream, Today’s Reality

On Friday, I traveled from a state that nearly two years ago (on November 6, 2012) ratified its legislature’s legalization of full marriage rights for gays (signed by then-governor Christine Gregoire on February 13, 2012) to one that was the last (on May 8, 2012) to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union [...]

October 15th, 2014|marriage equality, North Carolina, Seattle, Uncategorized|

How Russell Wilson Inspires Us to Dream

I live in Seattle, so it should probably go without saying that I’m a Seahawks fan. How can I not be, especially as I’m an owner of one of our city’s professional sports franchises? (After all, we owners should stick together, no?) As a Seattle Storm owner, I have my own memories, of both crushing, [...]

October 7th, 2014|NFL, Russell Wilson, Seahawks, Seattle, Sports|
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