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Talking soccer and all things sports. Focusing on youth and amateur sports, as well as the happenings at the Maryland SoccerPlex and Adventist HealthCare Fieldhouse. Hosted by Matt Libber and Kim Walter. Produced by Alexis Andrukat Price

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Talking soccer and all things sports. Focusing on youth and amateur sports, as well as the happenings at the Maryland SoccerPlex and Adventist HealthCare Fieldhouse. Hosted by Matt Libber and Kim Walter. Produced by Alexis Andrukat Price

    S2E7 - US Center for SafeSport with Ju'Riese Colon

    S2E7 - US Center for SafeSport with Ju'Riese Colon

    This week we tackle the very important and timely topic of abuse prevention in sport.  The US Center for SafeSport was founded through Federal legislation in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal with USA Gymnastics.  Its mission is to act as the clearing house and adjudicator for abuse allegations within the Olympic movement sports within the US.  They also provide training and education for players, coaches, and parents on how to prevent and identify abuse.  We are joined by the CEO for the US Center for SafeSport Ju'Riese Colon.  Ju'Riese has a long history of working to protect children in various roles in numerous organizations.  Now she is leading the charge to prevent abuse in  sports.  She discusses with other the challenges her organization faces including educating people on the mission, funding, and the sheer volume of the work.  This is such an important topic today that this is a must listen episode.

    Presented by
    Adventist HealthCare
    Adventist HealthCare
    The largest & only health system headquartered in Montgomery Co., MD
    www.adventisthealthcare.com

    SAM Soccer
    Recreational Soccer League in Montgomery County Maryland
    www.samsoccer.org

    Roll by Goodyear
    www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/mobile-install

    American Red Cross
    www.redcross.org/volunteer/

    Montgomery College
    www.montgomerycollege.edu/

    • 1 hr 15 min
    S2E6 - CrossFit with Heather Lawrence-Benedict

    S2E6 - CrossFit with Heather Lawrence-Benedict

    For todays celebration of Women In Sports Day, we take our second journey into CrossFit in this episode with Heather Lawrence-Benedict, their Director of Sport Operations.  Heather had a long career in college athletics going from operations and faciltiies, to Associate AD, and then to getting her PhD and teaching Sport Management to undergraduates and graduate students.  She jumped over to CrossFit just as the pandemic hit making her new job quite difficult.  Heather gives us the story behind wanting to teach as well as the importance that athletics plays in our lives.  Having been a professor she give great advice to young women starting out on their path to working in sports.

    Presented by
    Adventist HealthCare
    Adventist HealthCare
    The largest & only health system headquartered in Montgomery Co., MD 
    www.adventisthealthcare.com

    SAM Soccer
    Recreational Soccer League in Montgomery County Maryland
    www.samsoccer.org

    Roll by Goodyear
    www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/mobile-install

    American Red Cross
    https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/

    Baltimore 2026 - FIFA World Cup Bid City
    www.baltimore2026.us

    Instacart
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    S2E5 - Tori Huster, Washington Spirit

    S2E5 - Tori Huster, Washington Spirit

    This week Kim and I get to welcome back to the SoccerPlex Washington Spirit Captain, NWSL Players Association President, and NWSL CHAMPION, Tori Huster.  Tori talks about her journey from youth soccer, to Florida State University, Australian A- League,  and all the way to this past November's NWSL Championship.  Tori gives us insight into the collective bargaining agreement negotiations, social justice causes, and the harassment controversy that shook the NWSL this past year.  Tori talks about being a leader on and off the field as well as what she wants to be when she grows up!

    Presented by
    Adventist HealthCare
    Adventist HealthCare is the largest & only health system headquartered in Montgomery Co., MD  www.adventisthealthcare.com

    SAM Soccer
    Recreational Soccer League in Montgomery County Maryland
    www.samsoccer.org

    Roll by Goodyear
    www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/mobile-install

    Baltimore 2026 - FIFA World Cup Bid City
    www.baltimore2026.us

    This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something we may earn a commission. Thank you for your support!

    • 1 hr 22 min
    S2E4 - Women of Sports Tourism

    S2E4 - Women of Sports Tourism

    This episode is a bit self serving as Matt just gets to hang out with his friends.  Matt and Kim are joined this week by Danielle Vincenti, Rachel Rogers, and Suzanne Cecil.  Each has served in several roles in the sports industry and are passionate advocates for sports tourism and professional development and advancement for women in sports.  They provide great life lesson from their personal journeys and some heart warming and funny stories from events.  I bet you never thought we would be talking about trash talking ventriloquist dummies on a sports podcast.   

    Presented by
    Adventist HealthCare
    Adventist HealthCare is the largest & only health system headquartered in Montgomery Co., MD  www.adventisthealthcare.com

    SAM Soccer
    Recreational Soccer League in Montgomery County Maryland
    www.samsoccer.org

    Roll by Goodyear
    www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/mobile-install

    Baltimore 2026 - FIFA World Cup Bid City
    www.baltimore2026.us

    • 1 hr 23 min
    S2E3 - Casey Taker from Ironman

    S2E3 - Casey Taker from Ironman

    This week Matt and Kim talk about the curious path that Casey Take took to get to become the Director of Athlete Development for Ironman.  Some would say she took a non-conventional path to work in endurance racing but she will talk about how that path provided the necessary tools to get where she is now.    Casey provides some great insight for young women starting out in the industry and advice that she wished she would have received along her journey.  I hope everyone listens closely to her story about how she landed her first job in sports.

    Presented by
    Adventist HealthCare
    Adventist HealthCare is the largest & only health system headquartered in Montgomery Co., MD  www.adventisthealthcare.com

    SAM Soccer
    Recreational Soccer League in Montgomery County Maryland
    www.samsoccer.org

    Roll by Goodyear
    www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/mobile-install

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S2E2 - Venue Management with Jana Brooks

    S2E2 - Venue Management with Jana Brooks

    This week we speak with Jana Brooks, Manager Event and Tenant Services, Maryland Stadium Authority.  We talk through her journey from facility management at a law firm, to S.A.F.E, to dealing with both the Ravens and the Orioles at the Camden Yards Stadium Complex.  Jana has some fun stories about managing events, challenges, in the job, and why she loves it.  Jana also talks about one of the most rewarding things she has done, in managing the Mass Vaccination Site at M&T Bank Stadium this year.

    Presented by
    Adventist HealthCare
    Adventist HealthCare is the largest & only health system headquartered in Montgomery Co., MD  www.adventisthealthcare.com

    SAM Soccer
    Recreational Soccer League in Montgomery County Maryland
    www.samsoccer.org

    Roll by Goodyear
    www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/mobile-install

    MBS Performance Counseling
    Mental Athletic Performance and Adolescent Counseling
    "Discover How To Perform With Purpose"
    www.mbsperformancecounseling.com

    Instacart
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    This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something we may earn a commission. Thank you for your support!

    • 1 hr 12 min

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