New Episode Alert! Title IX at 45

Title IX reads “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Many in women’s sports praise the law as groundbreaking for access and opportunity for girls and women … More New Episode Alert! Title IX at 45

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Q&A with Coach Louise O’Neal

I was on-hand at the 2017 Women’s Basketball hall of Fame induction ceremony for the Female Coaching Network.  Louise O’Neal was the first inductee I spoke with during the media session.  O’Neal chatted about her time with Southern Connecticut and Yale University – including a connection to part-owner of the Seattle Storm, Lisa Brummel. “One of … More Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Q&A with Coach Louise O’Neal

Beyond The Game Episode 5: Ayna Battaglino talks Mental Health Awareness

Anya Battaglino is a professional hockey player with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Battaglino will return for a third season with the Whale as a roster player. New episode of #BeyondTheGame airs tonight at 6pm. https://t.co/y0JTCkrPvs #EndTheStigma @DoubleGSports — Erica L. Ayala (@elindsay08) June 13, 2017 Recently, she opened up … More Beyond The Game Episode 5: Ayna Battaglino talks Mental Health Awareness

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