In June, we ran a feature story, Swoosh Dreams, that explored the growing commodification of elite summer league basketball, a world that talented and media savvy teenage ballers use as a platform for scholarship opportunities. The story focused on the Oakland Soldiers, "one of the most prominent co ... More >>
This week's feature story, Swoosh Dreams, describes how the Oakland Soldiers became one of the best travel basketball teams in the country. The program's co-founder, Calvin Andrews, believes that the Soldiers' rise can be charted along three turning points.
The first was when Izzy Washington, the ... More >>
Steve Humphries is facing 4th-and-very, very long. A few years back, the San Francisco mortgage broker devised a football offense that forever altered the prevailing paradigm of who the head cheerleader is supposed to date. Humphries and fellow Piedmont High School football coach Kurt Bryan's A-11 ... More >>
The Positive Coaching Alliance asks hard-bitten coaches to fill out workbooks and recite management jargon. It also has them saying things like, "I want to go back and relive my childhood and be coached like this."