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How One Pakistani Woman Used Squash to Help Her Escape the Terror of the Taliban

Maria Toorpakai, a 27-year-old professional squash player, grew up as a sports-loving tomboy in Pakistan. As you may imagine, that wasn't exactly easy...

By: Brandon Hall

'Intellectual Brutality': The Value Behind Stanford Football's Sustained Success

"Intellectual brutality." It's the motto that's propelled Stanford football to new heights. Since 2010, only Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson have w...

By: Brandon Hall

Shaquem Griffin, UCF's One-Handed Star Linebacker, Lives a Life of No Excuses

If you haven't been paying attention to UCF football, you've done yourself a disservice. The Golden Knights are 11-0 and headed for the America...

By: Brandon Hall

The 'Power of Football' Project Highlights the Positive Impact High School Football Is Making Across America

Nothing brings people together like high school football. The tradition. The passion. The electricity in the air on an autumn Friday night. For the...

By: Brandon Hall

Here's Why the Best Coaches Are Positive Individuals

Doc Rivers and his son, Austin, are notable as the highest-profile father-son/coach-player combination in recent U.S. sports history. Doc is a PCA...

By: Positive Coaching Alliance

The Awesome Coaching Tactic Behind That Incredible Viral Volleyball Play

Odds are, you've seen the incredible viral volleyball play that's been burning up the internet over the last couple days. If not, here you go: ...

By: Brandon Hall

Why Otto Porter Jr. Didn't Play AAU Basketball (And Believes He's Better Because of It)

Otto Porter Jr. didn't play AAU basketball. That makes the 24-year-old Washington Wizards forward something of an anomaly in today's NBA. Almost al...

By: Brandon Hall

Majok Deng Grew Up in Worn-Torn South Sudan. Now He's Preparing to Play Division-1 Basketball.

We arrived at a suburban Phoenix high school on a steamy summer morning in Arizona to begin our video shoot with Majok Deng (pronounced Ma-Juke), one ...

By: Andy Haley

Former Teammates, Coaches Recall Sean Taylor's Legendary Work Ethic

Sean Taylor was one of the most electrifying defensive players in NFL history. Before his tragic death in November of 2007, Taylor had established ...

By: Brandon Hall

Nike Documentary Takes Us Inside Kevin Durant's Workouts, Preparation and Life in the NBA

On July 4th, 2016 Kevin Durant shocked the basketball world by joining the Golden State Warriors, who were coming off a historic 73-9 regular season a...

By: Kyle Scadlock

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