Team USA defeats Canada, advances to gold medal match

USA seek first Ball Hockey World Championships medal in team history – Jun 9, 2017 In my latest for The Ice Garden, I highlight the USA Women’s ball Hockey Team on the eve of their first ever gold medal game appearance.  The team defeated Canada 3-2 in the semi-finals to advance.  The program has never … More Team USA defeats Canada, advances to gold medal match

Beyond The Game Episode 4: Live from Knoxville, TN!

Listen to the latest episode of Beyond The Game as I chat with my guests Bre Hougue and Laura Wright Landrum about the legacy of Muhammad Ali. LISTEN HERE Bre is a native of Louisville, the hometown of Ali.  She will discuss her earlier memories of the late boxer and activist, and how she incorporates … More Beyond The Game Episode 4: Live from Knoxville, TN!

Beyond The Game Episode 3: Gavin and the Power Play

I dedicate this show in loving memory to my abuela, Osvaldina Sama De Los Santos, and my father, Edwin Ayala.   Erik Wollschlager joins the show to discuss his new book Gavin and the Power Play, as part of the 11 Day Power Play fundraiser for the Rosewell Park Cancer Institute.  Wollschlager is a hockey analyst for … More Beyond The Game Episode 3: Gavin and the Power Play

Beyond The Game Podcast: “Until Everyone Has It Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy”

The second episode of Beyond The Game aired on Tuesday night. Listen in as a I chat with Katy Lasdow (Brooklyn Historical Society) and Daniel Yanofsky (Double G Sports) about the legacy of Jackie Robinson. LISTEN HERE Daniel and I also discuss the legacy of Jackie Robinson in the wake of Adam Jones’ comments about … More Beyond The Game Podcast: “Until Everyone Has It Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy”

First article for The Victory Press!

Four American Women of Color Navigating Hockey’s Whiteness The Victory Press, May 22, 2017 PHOTO CREDIT: Beverly Schaefer/Courtesy of Princeton Athletics This year marks the 45th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that has significantly improved the ability of girls and women to participate in sports. Their participation in college athletics has grown seven-fold … More First article for The Victory Press!

ICYMI: Blake Bolden will not play in the NWHL for the 2017-18 season

Photo credit (Jessica N. Ayala) The Ice Garden got news that two-time All-Star Blake Bolden would play in Europe for the 2017-18 season. All-Star defender Blake Bolden to Switzerland? #NWHL https://t.co/EDug7KyTks pic.twitter.com/MQGizGmIh0 — The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) May 12, 2017 Later, Boston Pride GM Hayley Moore confirmed the news, offering the following statement: “Although we … More ICYMI: Blake Bolden will not play in the NWHL for the 2017-18 season

New York Liberty light up the Tri-State Area

After practice on Wednesday, New York Liberty players and coaches traveled throughout the Tri-State area to promote the upcoming season in partnership with Tackle Kids Cancer of the Children’s Cancer Institute of Hackensack University Medical Center.  The players were able to participate in selecting the seven different locations in New York City and New Jersey … More New York Liberty light up the Tri-State Area

LISTEN: New York Liberty Media Day

New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer chats about rookies to watch.  Tina Charles and Bria Hartley also weigh in ahead of the 2017 season. This WNBA segment was edited for the May 7th episode of WBAI: Sports Qualified.  Catch host and producer M. Saidia McLaughlin every other Sunday from 11-1am on WBAI 99.5FM.