Category Archives: Tucker Center

East African Mother-Daughter study participants celebrate “graduation”

image of Muna Mohamed and Chelsey Thul
Muna Mohamed and Chelsey Thul

On December 1, the study, “Impact of an East African Mother-Daughter Physical Activity Program and Co-Designed Activewear” (a follow-up to Thul and colleagues’ 2013-15 study, “Impact of Culturally Sensitive Apparel Co-Design on the Physical Activity of East African Adolescent Girls”), held a “graduation party” at the Cedar Riverside Community School in Minneapolis to celebrate the completion of their year-long, ground-breaking study.  The study introduced young East African girls and their mothers to ways to engage in healthy living and included the design and production of culturally sensitive activewear.

The study was conducted by:

  • Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, together with:
  • Muna Mohamed, kinesiology graduate student;
  • Elizabeth Bye, Ph.D., professor and department head of the Apparel Design Program in the College of Design;
  • Robin Carufel, apparel design graduate student;
  • Jennifer Weber, community partnership coordinator and student activities director, Cedar Riverside Community School; and
  • Mary Marczak, director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation, U of M Extension.

Beginning last January, East African daughters and their mothers in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood met every Monday evening for 10 weeks at the People’s Center to participate in physical activities (e.g., basketball, yoga, strength training), learn about healthy eating, prepare and eat a healthy snack together, and design their own culturally appropriate physical activity outfit. They also learned sewing basics, including how to sew on a button, use sewing machines, and sew a bag to carry their activewear. After the weekly programming ended and while the activewear was being produced, the program facilitated every other month field trips to the Science Museum, Minnesota Zoo, and YWCA that continued to incorporate physical activity and healthy eating.

At the graduation, the daughters and mothers had fun revealing and wearing their new outfits, enjoying a celebratory meal and cake, receiving program completion certifications, and opening their thank you gifts including an additional gym bag, athletic shoes, and a three-month family gym membership.

This project is supported by a grant from University of Minnesota Extension. Survey data was collected throughout the program. Additionally, focus groups were conducted with the daughters and mothers prior to the graduation to learn about their experiences with the program, as well as the impact the physical activity and nutrition lessons and experiences and new activewear have had on their healthy living. The data will be analyzed this spring…Stay tuned for the results!

See more photos here …

LaVoi participates in 43rd class of NCAA Women Coaches Academy

image of Nicole LaVoi and Missy Price smiling
Nicole Lavoi, Missy Price

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, participated in the 43rd class of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy (WCA) and the inaugural master class of Academy 2.0 hosted by the Alliance of Women Coaches (AWC) in Englewood, CO, last week.

Forty-eight female coaches of all experience levels and sports from NCAA Divisions I, II and III gathered for four days of non-sport-specific educational training at the NCAA WCA. In response to a desire for additional growth opportunities from graduates of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, the Alliance created Academy 2.0, a master class for WCA graduates. Class #1 of Academy 2.0 consisted of ten female coaches representing various sports across the country.

Missy Price, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2010 and was advised by the School of Kinesiology’s Maureen Weiss, Ph.D.,  was selected as the Cecile Reynaud Coaching Mastery Award winner for Academy 2.0 Class #1. Price is the head soccer coach at Wellesley College.

LaVoi and Baeth publish in The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education, 2018

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport in the School of Kinesiology, and Anna Baeth, Kinesiology Ph.D.student and advisee of Lavoi, have published a chapter in the The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education, 2018. The article, “Women and Sports Coaching,” addresses the ways scholarship can be used to inform and influence the goal to increase the number of women coaching sports, currently in the minority around the world.

 

LaVoi to participate in CEHD Alumni and Graduate Networking Event on Nov. 9

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, will participate in a speaking panel at a CEHD Alumni and Graduate Networking Event on Thursday, November 9, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center, University Hall.  The event, titled “Blaze Your Trail: Crafting a Career with Passion and Innovation,” features CEHD alumni who have forged unique career paths outside their degree programs.  The panel will share their stories and ideas on channeling creativity into professional success.

The event is geared to CEHD graduate and professional students, and an RSVP required. See more details here.

Kane publishes invited chapter in Research in the Sociology of Sport series

cover of Reflections on Sociology of Sport volume showing person skiing down snow-covered slopeDr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, has published an invited chapter in the just-released Reflections on sociology of sport: Ten questions, ten scholars, ten perspectives (Kevin Young (Ed.); Bingley, UK: Emerald Press; ISBN 9781787146433).

In this tenth and celebratory volume in the Research in the Sociology of Sport series, ten recognized sport scholars from around the world (Toni Bruce, Cora Burnett, Jay Coakley, Agnes Elling, Steve Jackson, Mary Jo Kane, Joe Maguire, Roy McCree, Fabien Ohl, Gertrud Pfister) reflect on their respective academic journeys. They each address ten questions summarizing their career and their view of the current and future status of the sociology of sport.

Kane keynote reviewed in Illinois State University’s WGLT 89.1FM newsletter

Dr. Mary Jo KaneA recent keynote presentation by Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is covered in Illinois State University’s WGLT 89.1FM Radio’s online newsletter article, “ISU Guest Speaker: Title IX Has Absolutely Helped Female Athletes.”

LaVoi to present at Wellesley College Oct. 25

image of Nicole M. LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center in the School of Kinesiology, will be guest speaking at Wellesley College on October 25 for the college’s LeadBLUE Athletic Leadership Academy. The title of her presentation is Building a Positive Team Culture.

Designed to facilitate leadership development tools and educational opportunities for all student-athletes, the LeadBLUE Athletic Leadership Academy aims to enhance the quality of team culture, student leadership, and the athletic experience at Wellesley.

LaVoi served as the head tennis coach at Wellesley from 1994-1998. See the complete announcement here.

 

LaVoi presents at 2017 Japanese Women Coaches Academy meeting

LaVoi, center, with colleagues

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center in the School of Kinesiology, gave a presentation at the third annual Japanese Women Coaches Academy meeting held in Karuizawa, Japan, during the first week in September. LaVoi attended the meeting along with representatives from the U.K., Australia, and the top women in sport in Japan. She spoke on barriers and supports for female coaches based on her book, Women in Sports Coaching.

Read more about the conference here.

 

 

Kane in Title IX feature in Illinois State VidetteOnline magazine

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane,  Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is featured in the Illinois State University VidetteOnline magazine in an article entitled, “Professor returns to Blo-No to discuss Title IX.” Kane, an internationally recognized scholar on Title IX, talks about her own personal experience with sport and her upcoming keynote for Illinois State’s School of Kinesiology and Recreation’s 2017 Esther Larson McGinnis Scholar Lecture on October 25. An article reviewing the keynote, “ISU Guest Speaker: Title IX Has Absolutely Helped Female Athletes,” appears in Illinois State University’s WGLT 89.1FM Radio’s online newsletter.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes Kane on collegiate athletic directors

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, “Female athletic directors at Pitt and Penn State stand out in a field still dominated by men,” commenting on the potential for women candidates for AD positions within a power differential that works against their being hired.

Tucker Center research cited in Salt Lake Tribune piece on Cam Newton remark

Tucker Center research is cited in a Salt Lake Tribune article, “‘Sports don’t have a gender’: Utah women’s tackle football players respond to Cam Newton.” Newton’s remark was: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about [running football] routes.”

 

LaVoi keynotes at Grinnell Women Coaches Workshop

image of Nicole M. LaVoiTucker Center co-director Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., faculty in the School of Kinesiology, will give a keynote, “Beyond the Paradox for Women Coaches: Strategies for Surviving and Thriving,” at the Grinnell College Women Coaches Workshop on Monday, October 9. The full-day workshop features three other keynotes and is designed for women head coaches, women assistant coaches, and professional women in athletics. More information and registration …

 

Kane quoted in Outside Magazine

Dr. Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane,  Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in an Outside Magazine article, “The Adventure Film Industry’s Women Problem.” Kane comments on the visibility, or lack thereof, of female athletes and its impact.

LaVoi, Kane quoted in Star Tribune story on WNBA champs, the Lynx

The Star Tribune published an article on the remarkable story of the Twin Cities’ women’s professional basketball team, the Lynx, tracing their challenges as a struggling young team getting their first real breaks through their years of hard work, setbacks, explosive talent, and inspiring teamwork that has led to three WNBA titles and their current pursuit of a fourth.  Lindsay Whelan, Lynx starting point guard, is a Kinesiology alumna and Gopher women’s basketball star.

Dr. Nicole LaVoi
Dr. Mary Jo Kane
Dr. Mary Jo Kane

Tucker Center director Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., and co-director Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., both faculty in the School of Kinesiology, are quoted in the article titled: “How the Lynx captivated a city and built from the floor up.”

 

Wiese-Bjornstal, LaVoi, to present at Mayo Clinic Ice Hockey Concussion Summit

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.School of Kinesiology professor and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL), will be giving an invited lecture at the Mayo Clinic Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion in Rochester, MN, on September 28-29. Her presentation, which will focus on psychological and social influences on concussion risks in ice hockey, is titled “Which ice hockey players are at greatest concussion risks and why?”

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., Kinesiology lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center, will also be giving a presentation. She will speak on “Incorporating the ‘Summit III Action Plan’ into Policy and Social Media.”

The conference as a whole will address advances in concussion diagnosis, treatment and prevention with an emphasis on prioritized action items to improve safety in the sport of ice hockey, and is targeted to health care providers in a number of specialty areas. Aynsley Smith, R.N., Ph.D., one of the two Summit course directors, is an alumna of the School (Ph.D., 1995). More information about the summit is available here.

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D.
Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D.

LaVoi publishes essay on women coaches in Contexts

In honor of Title IX’s 45th year, Contexts magazine publishes a piece “title ix at xlv” with several viewpoints on this topic. Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, contributed the essay “Woman Want to Coach“.

Other essays in this article are “Title IX at 45” by Cheryl Cooky, “Where All Kids Can Compete” by Erin Buzuvis, and “Union Busting and the Title IX Straw Man” by Ellen J. Staurowsky.

Contexts magazine’s goal is to make cutting-edge social research accessible to general readers.

 

 

 

 

 

Kane to present at Illinois State University on Title IX

Dr. Mary Jo KaneAs part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series, Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, will talk on October 25 about the social and political implications of Title IX.  Her Esther Larson McGinnis Scholar Lecture is titled “The Impact, Challenges and Opportunities Surrounding Title IX 45-Years After Passage”. Read the entire announcement here.

An article reviewing the lecture, “ISU Guest Speaker: Title IX Has Absolutely Helped Female Athletes,” appears in Illinois State University’s WGLT 89.1FM Radio’s online newsletter.

Tucker Center’s “Media Coverage and Female Athletes” video rebroadcast

Media Coverage and Female Athletes
Media Coverage & Female Athletes

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport is proud to announce several new airings of its groundbreaking video, “Media Coverage and Female Athletes.”

tpt statewide digital MNChannel
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:00 AM
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:00 PM

The video builds on a research-based examination of the amount and type of coverage given to female athletes with commentary from expert scholars and award winning coaches and athletes who discuss this timely issue from a variety of perspectives as they help dispel the common—but untrue—myths that “sex sells” women’s sport, and no one is interested in it anyway. Effective strategies for increasing media coverage and creating images which reflect the reality of women’s sports participation and why this is so important are also discussed.

To view the entire program online now, click here. For more information on upcoming broadcasts, click here.

LaVoi publishes commentary on women coaches in SportsBusiness Journal

Nicole LaVoi, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center, published an article on the importance of increasing the number of women coaching women’s sport teams in SportsBusiness Journal. While the number of women playing college sports has increased dramatically since the passage of Title IX in 1972, the number of women coaching them has decreased, from 90% in 1974 to 40% today.

“One hundred percent of male athletes have had a male coaching role model during their athletic careers, to their benefit,” writes LaVoi. “Young women likewise need and deserve more same sex role models.”

LaVoi helps produce the annual Women in College Coaching Report Card, which gives conferences and sports a grade of A through F for the percentage of women head coaches for women’s teams. She states that the Report Card provides accountability, creates awareness and helps stimulate a national dialogue on women in the coaching profession.

 

 

 

LaVoi opinion piece on leadership in SportsBusiness Journal

Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., Kinesiology senior lecturer and co-director of the Tucker Center, has written an opinion piece for the SportsBusiness Journal entitled, “Leadership on the sidelines should not be defined by gender” on women leaders and obstacles they face. The piece invites “leaders in athletics and business who are passionate about increasing the percentage of women in coaching to get involved.”