Paul Clingan of Down Dog Athletics: Why I Quit College Baseball

Paul Clingan played Division 1 baseball at Washington State University for two years before deciding that for him “the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze” anymore. In a recent video, Paul reflects on why he actually quit college baseball and how it took him nearly ten years to realize the true reason behind his decision. He…

Jojo Cotto: Miss Independent, Coming Back From Two ACL Tears

Josephine “Jojo” Cotto is a rising junior on the women’s soccer team at the University of Pennsylvania. She first published this story at thesidelinepost.com. When I was a kid, I didn’t let my mom cut my sandwiches, because I wanted to be a “big girl.” I hated asking teachers to help me with my schoolwork, and…

Maria Auth: I won back the freedom from my own mind

My name is Maria Auth and I am a 5th year senior on the Penn State women’s lacrosse team. I love my school, I love my team, and I absolutely love playing my sport. Regardless of some hardships and adversity I faced during college, I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything. I began my career…

Q&A with Jack Wallace: Team USA Paralympian

Our editor interviewed Jack Wallace after learning that they hail from neighboring hometowns. Jack plays for Team USA’s sled hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Sled hockey, also known as sledge hockey, is an adaptation of ice hockey. Players are seated on sleds and use…

Mackenzie Krueger: To All The Athletes Who Are Not Starting

For two years, I played on the Waterloo Women’s Varsity Rugby Team. I had only been playing rugby for a few years when I joined the team and even though I was not a “starter” I was proud of myself for working hard and getting through training camps and tryouts. After my first year, I…

Evan Fernandez: I Almost Killed Myself For Baseball

Evan Fernandez is a former baseball player from Jacksonville University. During his junior year, he collapsed during a baseball team workout. The next 10 days would prove even more difficult, as he ended up fighting for his life in the hospital. He wrote this story in 2017 while in recovery and has decided to publish…

Q&A with Leah Howard, The Sports Counselor

Leah Howard played tennis in college before deciding that she wanted to take up sports psychology for her career. She has already completed her Master’s in Education and is currently working towards her PhD in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Sports Counseling. She has worked as an educator, a school counselor, and a professor….

Wayden Ay: Family Pressure, Transferring, & Rewriting My Legacy

My mother, two aunts, uncle, and grandparents all attended Georgetown. To say the least, Georgetown was “our family school.” Growing up with divorced parents, life was rough. I turned into a people pleaser because I was always trying to stop the fighting at home. Once lacrosse recruiting came around, Georgetown was an obvious choice for…

Jessica McNellis: Hey, Tall Girl.

Hey, tall girl. What sport do you play? As a woman hedging over six feet tall at age 13, this is the question I fielded the most throughout my adolescence and into my twenties. The answer evolved from, “I don’t play any sports,” which was received with such perplexity, the conversation often ended right there;…