In September, Development and Communications Intern Ruth Logan wrote on the importance of strong female athletes. As a follow up, Ruth is reporting on women’s sports. Because athletes deserve equal coverage.
Volleyball – On Saturday, December 21 the University of Nebraska Huskers won the 2015 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship against the University of Texas Longhorns. The Huskers were ranked number four overall and swept the final match with 25-23, 25-23, and 25-21 games. It was a close match, but the 17,561 fans in attendance could see Nebraska was in control. This was the Huskers first NCAA title since 2006.
Rugby – On Saturday, December 21 twelve women’s rugby teams met in Lahore, Pakistan for the inaugural Mera Passion National Women 7s Rugby Championship, the first domestic tournament of the sport. “So far, all players were just training or playing in their towns or villages,” Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU) coach Hassan Shah told The Express Tribune. “This was the first time they got the opportunity to compete like this and it will only help them improve.” Several exceptional players have a chance of making the national team, which started in late 2014. These opportunities will motivate more young Pakistani women to try sports and rugby in particular.
Basketball – The NCAA basketball season is about halfway through. With a break for the holidays, there are several tournaments underway. Some matchups to follow are Sam Houston State vs. #5 Texas (Sunday, Dec. 27), Boston College vs. Northeastern (Monday, Dec. 28), #11 Oregon State vs. #3 Notre Dame (Monday), #6 Maryland vs. #1 UConn (Monday), and Prairie View A&M vs. #16 Texas A&M (Tuesday, Dec. 29). For a full schedule of upcoming games, check out the ESPN NCAAW Division I Schedule. Good luck to all competing teams!
PeacePlayers International continues to support the development of young female athletes in basketball and peacebuilding clinics. In Israel and the West Bank, where only 25% of participants in competitive sports are women, more than 70% of PPI’s program participants are female. A chance to play basketball has given PPI participants, male and female, a brighter future.