24 episodes

The Institute For Sport & Social Justice (ISSJ) is “Changing Lives Through the Power of Sport.” This show is a discussion, an opportunity and a celebration of women leaders in sports. We will discuss the pathways and challenges that women of color have overcome and explore their unique journeys through sport. We will investigate opportunities to challenge the status quo and action steps for inspiring women to become leaders in sport.

Producer, Garnett L. Overby III, Director or Marketing & Communications, Institute For Sport & Social Justice

Host, Taylor Middleton, Master's student, DeVos Sports Business Management Program, University of Central Florida

Past Host, Tolulope Omokore, DeVos Sports Business Management Program, UCF; and Mat Edelson, journalist and producer appearing on NPR, ABC, ESPN, and in Houghton-Mifflin’s annual series, “The Best American Sports Writing.”

“See Us Now - Invisible Women In Sport”

Invisible Women In Sport Institute For Sport & Social Justice

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    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

The Institute For Sport & Social Justice (ISSJ) is “Changing Lives Through the Power of Sport.” This show is a discussion, an opportunity and a celebration of women leaders in sports. We will discuss the pathways and challenges that women of color have overcome and explore their unique journeys through sport. We will investigate opportunities to challenge the status quo and action steps for inspiring women to become leaders in sport.

Producer, Garnett L. Overby III, Director or Marketing & Communications, Institute For Sport & Social Justice

Host, Taylor Middleton, Master's student, DeVos Sports Business Management Program, University of Central Florida

Past Host, Tolulope Omokore, DeVos Sports Business Management Program, UCF; and Mat Edelson, journalist and producer appearing on NPR, ABC, ESPN, and in Houghton-Mifflin’s annual series, “The Best American Sports Writing.”

“See Us Now - Invisible Women In Sport”

    • video
    Episode 24 - Darrice Griffin

    Episode 24 - Darrice Griffin

    At the time of her interview, Darrice Griffin, was the Deputy Director of Administration at the University of Georgia Athletics Association.  Since that time, she has been promoted as the Senior Deputy Director of Athletics at the University of Georgia.
    Griffin is a former high profile basketball player at Texas Tech University, turned NCAA Division-I athletic administrator has many stories and experiences to share.  Griffin gives us some insight what it was like to play collegiate basketball at the same institution where her mother was a basketball star and with a sibling at a highly ranked program. 
    Griffin also has many insights to share about being a woman of color athletic administrator at several high profile Division-I institutions.  Hear what Griffin has to say about her preparation, networks, and how to persevere through challenges that only women of color face in athletic administration.  HEAR HER STORY!
    Hosted by Tolulope Omokore, graduate student, University of Central Florida, DeVos Sports Business Management Program
    Produced by Garnett L. Overby III, Institute For Sport & Social Justice
    “See Us Now – Invisible Women In Sport”

    • 35 min
    • video
    Episode 23 - Traci Green

    Episode 23 - Traci Green

    Traci Green is the first African-American woman to be a head coach of an athletic team at Harvard University.  Green is also the first African-American coach of any gender to win an Ivy League title.  
    With the background as former NCAA National Champion as a tennis player at the University of Florida and being the daughter of trailblazer, Tina Sloan-Green, Green has a vast amount of experiences to draw upon when discussing the challenges of women of color in sport.  HEAR HER STORY!
    Hosted by Tolulope Omokore, graduate student, University of Central Florida, DeVos Sports Business Management Program
    Produced by Garnett L. Overby III, Institute For Sport & Social Justice
    “See Us Now – Invisible Women In Sport”
     

    • 38 min
    Episode 21 - Tina Sloan-Green

    Episode 21 - Tina Sloan-Green

    Trailblazer, Tina Sloan-Green, co-founder of the Black Women In Sports Foundation joins us today.  Sloan-Green is the first African-American to play on the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team, first African-American to coach a women's college lacrosse team (Temple Owls), and the first African-American to win a national championship in women's college lacrosse (Temple Owls, 1982 and 1984), among other "first" in her life.  
    Sloan-Green takes us back to her early athletic career and shares some of her most youthful memories.  She also talks about the experiences of being the "first" African-American woman, but her passion was to not be the "only" African-American woman.  Sloan-Green shares some insightful thoughts about today's sports mentality, needed opportunities for urban children of color in sports, and the current "pay to play" sports model.  She also shares some wisdom about the current state of racial issues plaguing America.  
    Hosted by Tolulope Omokore, graduate student, University of Central Florida, DeVos Sports Business Management Program
    Produced by Garnett L. Overby III, Institute For Sport & Social Justice
    “See Us Now – Invisible Women In Sport”

    • 46 min
    • video
    Episode 22 - Kelly Mehrtens

    Episode 22 - Kelly Mehrtens

    Kelly Mehrtens, at the time of her interview was the Managing Director of The Trust (NFLPA – NFL Players Association). Since that time, she has been promoted to the Executive Director of The Trust. Mehrtens is a former senior level athletic administrator at several NCAA Division I, Power 5 conference institutions. She discuss the transition from the Power 5 environment to The Trust, which provides support and resources to NFL players transitioning out of football. Mehrtens gives us a lot of insight on how The Trust is using its resources to assist and support NFL players through racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Mehrtens takes us back to her early years of discovering sports before she settles on track and field. “It takes a village,” is more than just family and close friends assisting in her growth and success. For Mehrtens, it is also the guidance, the mentorships, and the bridge builders who paved the path for her success. Mehrtens also shares some very sound advise for young women who have started or considering a career in athletics.
    Hosted by Tolulope Omokore, graduate student, University of Central Florida, DeVos Sports Business Management Program
    Produced by Garnett L. Overby III, Institute For Sport & Social Justice
    “See Us Now – Invisible Women In Sport”

    • 41 min
    Episode 20 - Reshauna Cobb

    Episode 20 - Reshauna Cobb

    Reshauna Cobb, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Director of Academic and Membership Affairs.  Reshauna gives us an update from the last time we spoke to her in 2018.  In this episode, Reshauna provides insight about how she was able to climb the ranks in NCAA to be a current Director.  Within this leadership role, Reshauna discusses the importance of communication, relationship building, and success through empowering others.  This episode is one of our more humorous episodes as Reshauna and Tolu (host) share laughs about their former athletic life, dealing with difficult people, and much more. 
    Hosted by Tolulope Omokore, graduate student, University of Central Florida, DeVos Sports Business Management Program
    Produced by Garnett L. Overby III, Institute For Sport & Social Justice
    “See Us Now – Invisible Women In Sport”

    • 45 min
    • video
    Episode 19 - Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak

    Episode 19 - Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak

    Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak is the Head Coach, Women’s Soccer, University of Central Florida (UCF). Tiffany gives us an update from the last time we spoke with her in 2018. In this episode, Tiffany reveals her personal challenges with the racial tension that the country is experiencing now. She admits that she has had to spend some personal time in reflection that has led her to understand that her level of awareness is not where it should be. As a coach and leader, she has made it a point to educate herself, as well as spend quality time with her team to allow them the freedom and space to discuss the issues.
    Tiffany talks about how her relationship with her husband, who happens to be her assistant coach, has helped her be successful as a Division I coach. Her husband helps her to balance her coaching, marriage, and parental responsibilities. She understands that her unique relationship with her husband has safeguarded her from the more common challenges that other women coaches face.
    Hosted by Tolulope Omokore, graduate student, University of Central Florida, DeVos Sports Business Management Program.
    Produced by Garnett L. Overby III, Institute For Sport & Social Justice
    “See Us Now – Invisible Women In Sport”

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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