2016-17 Thank You

As a sports broadcaster over the last 22 years, I’ve had the great honor and pleasure to tell the stories and describe the strategies of the players, coaches and teams in women’s basketball. Another season has come to a close for me and I want to thank all the coaches, players, media relations directors, fans, announce partners, coordinating producers (the people that hire me!), game producers and production crews with whom I worked this year that have made this year so special.

 

It is a great privilege to be courtside to observe some of the greatest athletes and brilliant coaches compete at the highest level. There were last second buzzer beaters, pounding, yet skillful post play, as well as athletic and crafty guard play. Players diving on the floor, stretching their bodies to their physical limits…playing for the love of the game, the love of their teammates and to accomplish things together with teammates, more than they could ever do themselves.

 

It is important to me to be careful in telling their stories – to promote the positive, to elevate their stories, to describe things that aren’t always obvious but important to the success of a team, to ultimately draw people to appreciate and support this great sport.

 

These young women are the future leaders of our country. Through competition on the basketball court, hard work in the classroom and contributions to their communities, they’ve learned valuable lessons in leadership, communication, sacrifice, encouragement, teamwork, focusing on an assignment, battling through adversity, exhibiting humility in success and enjoying the moment.

 

Though I do not have the connection with, or the influence on, the student-athletes that the coaches do that work with them every day, I know their stories, I see their tremendous sacrifice and hard work and I care about each and every one of them. I appreciate so much when I get a hug or a thank you from the athletes or their parents and got tears in my eyes recently at the Big 12 tournament when one player ran across the court after practice to say to me “I just love you Miss Brenda.”

 

I’m reflecting today on the seniors that played the last game of their careers in the last couple of weeks. They have given all of us so much and I wish each of them the best life has to offer as they journey to the next chapter of their lives.

 

It is my passion and purpose to draw people to women’s basketball and everything that makes it so amazing. My hope is you’ll share the things that you love about women’s basketball with others in your life. It is so much more than just a game – it is friendship, competition, accomplishment, strategy, exceeding expectations, overcoming obstacles, cooperation, sacrifice and love. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

2017 Summer Basketball Camps – Johnson County, Kansas

2017 Basketball Camps

This summer, I will not be offering any pre-arranged basketball camps.

However, if you have a team, or just a group of kids, we can work together on a customized camp for your group.

In addition, I provide private lessons for girls and boys, customized to an individual’s needs and goals. Contact me for information on detailed information, rates and availability.

2016 Mel Greenberg Media Award

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Yesterday, I was honored to receive the Mel Greenberg Media Award at the 2016 Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis, with all of my immediate family in attendance. Sherri Coale, the head coach of the University of Oklahoma, for whom I have a great deal of respect and admiration, surprised me by joining in the presentation of the award after Mel Greenberg introduced me.

Today, I have great empathy for anyone who has received an award and had a short period of time to make acceptance remarks. There wasn’t any music cuing me to get off stage, but I was the first award recipient of six during a 30-minute period and knew I needed to be brief and I didn’t get to say everything I wanted. So, I’ll say it here… Continue reading

30 Extra Years and Counting: An essay

Thirty years ago, Ann Stockton died as a result of a motorcycle accident. In the 19 years she was on earth, she lived life to the fullest. She loved to have fun, had a huge smile, always made sure everyone felt special and lived life large. She was a great athlete and excelled in many sports in high school before going to college. She was my best friend and even though I knew her for less than six months, she has had a significant on impact on my life.

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