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Author: Miss Val

Manners

Manners

Imagine a gathering of a couple hundred badass women, most of whom grew up playing sports; all talking about how to use our collective vision, passion, and voice to make substantial positive change through the empowering masterclass called sport. I recently had this experience while I was attending the ESPNW Summit. Not only was it […]

Living in the Eye of the Hurricane

Living in the Eye of the Hurricane

In the eye of the hurricane all is quiet… not only is this one of my favorite lines from Hamilton, but something I heard many years ago that has stuck with me in times of turbulence. But I recently realized that every one of us live in the eye of the hurricane every day. The […]

The Power of the Vision Board

The Power of the Vision Board

S o… we’re half way through summer. How close are you to those summer goals you set? How about those of you who didn’t set summer goals? Uh…. 🙋🏻‍♀️! that would be me. Since I retired from coaching a few months ago, I’ve been bouncing all over the place with 101 different projects and speaking […]

We’ve Got a Plastic Problem

We’ve Got a Plastic Problem

Calling all humans… We have a plastic problem! It’s not an urban legend, myth, or political discussion. It is a massive problem that can no longer be  ignored.  At the end of March a pregnant sperm whale was found dead on a beach in Sardinia, Italy. The soon-to-be mother had 50 pounds of plastic in […]

Dear UCLA

Dear UCLA

In honor of UCLA celebrating their centennial birthday, I’ve decided to share the speech I wrote for my farewell banquet honoring the greatest university in the world. Dear UCLA, thank you for a life I would have never imagined.  For more than half my life you have welcomed me as a steward of one of […]