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NCAA Tournament Inspiration: Cheering on Both Men and Women

March 18, 2016

Inspiration from the NCAA Tournament for Women and Men


It started yesterday with infectious energy, drama, tears, and hard fought competition. I am not talking about another day in the life of an entrepreneur but rather the beginning of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The fever is high all over the nation for this special athletic event.

Since I write my blog from Syracuse, New York, you can guess I am wearing orange and blue and ready to turn on the television at 12:15 p.m. for the men’s game and 2:30 p.m. for the women’s game. Also adorning the cover of Sports Illustrated this week was female basketball rock star Brianna Stewart who lives in North Syracuse going for her 4th consecutive NCAA tournament championship. Syracuse loves its sports especially basketball.

SyracuseWomensBasketballTeamAs the hardwood starts to beat with orange balls only 15 miles away from my home, the energy in our community is electric with both teams in the playoffs. As a woman entrepreneur, I have cheered on and promoted the women’s basketball team for three years since starting our Women’s Athletic Network for women business owners in Syracuse. The Dome is typically empty when the women play, the tickets cheaper and the parking free! I dream of the day when we have to pay the same price to watch the women’s team play as we do the men’s team. Women athletes deserve to have fans in the seats and feel the community spirit too.

Today my blog post is simply to remind you that while you are cheering on your favorite male basketball team this weekend, you turn on a girls game and watch them play too. I bet you see how dynamic and talented they are. If you need a woman’s team to watch turn on the SU Orange Women’s game or Brianna Stewart’s University of Connecticut game. They all demonstrate style, spirit and sportswomenship!

The mantra today is…..Go Orange…Go Men…..Go Women!

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  1. March 18, 2016 12:57 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! Both of my children (boy and girl) played sports throughout high school and into college. Until my daughter’s fast pitch team won the state championship, girls sports were always seen as “less than” the boys sports. After that championship (and reaching the title game again the following year), the stands were packed. It is coming, but it has been too long of a journey!

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