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IN THE LIFE: This category is a series of blogs written by the Winning Women founders sharing their lives and hearts with you. Check out their journey!

where is god in the losing?

We just ended year three of this HC (head coaching) gig. This was to be the year we turned the program around. My coach had high hopes, I had high hopes, and our team had high hopes! But as you can guess...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Coaches Wives, Moms of Athletes, Community, Endurance, Prayer, True Success

Blinded by november part 3: The Team around the team

I could often hear the parent on the other line with the first question of the evening, “Well…did you win?” which were followed by “how many goals did you score?” or “how many saves did you have?”. None of these statistics...

Tags: Female Coaches, Moms of Athletes, Anxiety and Worry, Performance, Motivation, True Success, Love of the Game

Blinded by november Part 1: Youth sports affect athletes at every age

“Go to the NCAA tournament!”, “Win the conference!”, “Shut out opponents in the championship!”, “Be the #1 seed!”, would be the goals the team shouted out in our meeting as I scribbled their answers on the white board. “Okay, great. Great goals. But...”

Tags: Female Coaches, Female Professionals, Moms of Athletes, True Success

I am More than the number on the jersey

One day after school, I went to my coach’s office with my practice jerseys in hand. My heart was beating fast, I could feel the sweat start to form in my hand, and I knew I had to hold back tears. I explained to my coach...

Tags: Female Athletes, Commitment, Loneliness, True Success, Identity, Renewing Mind, Surrendering

Bringing christ into the locker room

Let me set the scene. We had just lost the Sweet 16 game by a heavy margin. This was the last time I’d get the pleasure of sharing a locker room with this team. As we were about to huddle up one last time...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Commitment, Community, Sports Ministry, True Success

I care about how my kids look during their sporting events

When we were kids, my younger brother owned a sweatshirt with words on the front that read, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you look playing the game.” Oddly enough, this statement was accompanied by a cartoon penguin wearing a baseball cap...

Tags: Moms of Athletes, True Success, Performance

Freedom over fear

There was little hope of catching the team in first, but there was great likelihood of being swallowed by the pack behind me. I knew if they caught me, it would be tough to hang on and out-kick them in the final laps of the race… so I ran for dear life...

Tags: Female Athletes, Pressure, Performance, Renewing Mind, Surrendering, True Success

A Legacy worth living

Legacy is a term used in athletics to define what we leave behind and are remembered for. In athletics, we strive to be that person who leaves a mark and is remembered for MVP’s and other awards, or a team remembered for winning the championship, or...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Coaches Wives , Moms of Athletes, Female Professionals, True Success, Giving God Glory

His Victory in my defeat

Fifteen feet from the finish line, I collapsed. Not exactly an ideal finish for your senior cross country season. I picked myself up in exhaustion and confusion as I barely stumbled to the final mark of my season...

Tags: Female Athletes, Endurance, True Success, Seeking God First

Playing time is not my platform

The questioning only progressed as basketball season started. As an athlete, the transition from being a senior to being a freshman again is always a challenge. You jump right back down to the bottom of the totem pole. I got that reality check quickly as I...

Tags: Female Athletes, True Success, Commitment, Playing Time

His Program is my program

When I was that young naïve girl who put “football coach” on her list, I had no idea how that role would bring me so much joy, stress, pride, nervousness, and love, sometimes all in one game! And it’s this role that has...

Tags: Coaches' Wives, Commitment, True Success, Sacrifice

The ministry of sports

Making it to your senior season is a big deal. There are many perks that come along with it. You are the oldest on the team and teammates look to you for leadership. Coaches want your input in making decisions. You no longer have to...

Tags: Female Athletes, Sports Ministry, True Success

THe Sport that became more than a game

I am a “retired” athlete. At least that is the name we jokingly give ourselves when we hang up our cleats, gym shoes, or whatever it might be after our competitive sports career ends. Truth is...

Tags: Female Athletes, Community, True Success

GOT COMMITMENT?

As an athlete growing up, it wasn’t uncommon for me to make many sacrifices to play the sport I loved. Missing my junior prom, spring break trips, school functions, and many weekends with friends...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Commitment, True Success

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