In January 2013, Allie Adam, a senior on the University of Iowa women’s soccer team, traveled to Haiti with a teammate on a weeklong mission trip with Community Health Initiative (CHI), an organization dedicated to providing medical care to rural communities in that country and also addressing broader health issues. Adam returned inspired with an idea. While in Haiti, Adam had the opportunity to play pickup soccer with some local young people. What started as a casual match became an unexpectedly passionate battle between two talented teams. “It was barefoot — and it was probably one of the most competitive
The Big Ten Conference announced its 2014 women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with Penn State earning top honors among the 14 conference teams. The Nittany Lions enter the season as the conference favorites after making their 19th straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. Penn State completed the 2013 campaign with a 7-4-0 conference record (15-7-1 overall), and returns eight starters for the 2014 season. The Nittany Lions have won 15 of the last 16 Big Ten women’s soccer titles. The 2014 season officially kicks off on Friday, Aug. 22, with all 14 conference
Katie Landgrebe from the Northwestern women’s soccer team traveled to Nicaragua for a week in May to work in one of OneSight’s (OneSight.org) five-day global clinics. Along with the in-depth community knowledge and relationships of Amigos for Christ (AmigosforChrist.org) based in Chinandega, Nicaragua, the OneSight team provided eyecare to almost 3,000 patients from the northern region of the country. Katie had the opportunity to do field work with OneSight’s communications team and to interact with the many communities that came to receive world-class vision care at the clinic. She received this opportunity as one of five recipients of the Irving
Ohio State soccer player Kayla Varner got engaged to boyfriend and MLB star Bryce Harper last week. Varner, a Las Vegas native just like Harper, spent her first two seasons at BYU before playing in Columbus last fall. A forward and midfielder, Varner tallied two goals and five assists in 15 starts. [ MORE: washingtonpost.com: Bryce Harper confirms engagement ] Congratulations to the couple. See a small gallery from their engagement shoot below. h/t: thebiglead.com #Nats stud Bryce Harper is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner: http://t.co/V0ZzDdrFNs pic.twitter.com/iixBOkyk1y #MLB — Kari Van Horn (@KariVanHorn) May 31, 2014
One in four girls will be the victim of a crime of violence before she graduates high school, according to the Center for Disease Control. For girls in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago, they make up a disproportionately high part of that terrible statistic. Barbara Rose has been working to change that for the girls on the west and south side of Chicago. For these girls, there is little opportunity to avoid the violence of their streets without direct intervention. Rose, a Purdue graduate, volunteering to help others has been part of her life since she was in high school.
In 2004, a nine-year-old girl named Tory accompanied her mother, Shiela, to the hospital while she received treatment for breast cancer. Tory wrote notes of encouragement and drew pictures for her mother that made an enormous impact on Shiela’s daily battle with the disease. This little girl became the inspiration behind Gems of Hope, a non-profit organization in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, started by Shiela and two friends that works to bring joy to cancer patients in the area through art. Sadly, Shiela lost her battle with cancer in 2008. But Gems of Hope continues in her memory, distributing more than
The Michigan women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA regional finals with a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday. The Wolverines will play Virginia at 7 p.m. ET Friday. Meanwhile, Illinois, the other Big Ten team to make it to Round 3, fell 4-1 to Boston College, the same team that ousted Nebraska. [ MORE: View the official NCAA.com interactive bracket ] Michigan 1, Notre Dame 0 The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women’s soccer team is headed back to the Elite Eight for the second time in the 20-year history of the program, as senior Meghan Toohey converted
The Illinois and Michigan women’s soccer teams advanced to theNCAA regional semifinals with wins over Portland and Illinois State, respectively. The Illini rallied to drop Portland in overtime, while Michigan rolled to an easy 3-0 victory. Indiana, Nebraska and Penn State all were eliminated. Catch up on all the action in this post. [ MORE: View the official NCAA.com interactive bracket ] Illinois 4, Portland 3 (OT) Illinois (11-8-3) earned its fourth trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory over No. 7 Portland (17-3-1) on Saturday. The Illini battled back from a 2-0 halftime
The Big Ten sent a record eight women’s soccer teams to the NCAA tournament, and five of them advanced out of the first round. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State all carded victories, while Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State’s seasons came to a close. Catch up on all the action in this post. [ MORE: View the official NCAA.com interactive bracket ] Illinois 0, Washington State 0 (2 OT) | RECAP Illinois and No. 21 Washington State ended double overtime in a scoreless tie, but the Illini edged the Cougars 3-1 in penalty kicks and advanced to the second
A conference record eight Big Ten women’s soccer teams will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced on Monday. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State all earned berths to the national tournament, which begins on Friday. The previous record of six Big Ten teams occurred in 1998, 2002 and 2010. The first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship will be played on Friday and Saturday. The second and third rounds of the tournament are scheduled for Nov. 22 and Nov. 24, while the quarterfinals will be played Nov.