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Mary Jo KaneDr. Mary Jo Kane, Tucker Center director and full professor in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed on sports columnist Dave Zirin's "Edge of Sports" radio show on January 16. Kane talked to Zirin about the Tucker center's new documentary "Media Coverage & Female Athletes," and the lack of coverage of women's sports.

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nmlavoi-2013.jpgOn April 25, Play Like a Champion Today, the world's only university-based initiative focused on promoting a positive sports culture for all young people, is hosting a symposium entitled "Coaching Ethics: Creating a Value Centered Athletic Community in Higher Education." Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is a featured speaker at the symposium in a group of experts from sports ethics, higher education, professional ethics, as well as coaches, administrators and faculty. Topics include the coaching culture of collegiate athletics, the ethical principles that should inform coaching practice, and a plan to create values-centered athletic communities through sport.

tc20.jpgFor the Tucker Center's 20th Anniversary, Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, created a slide presentation showing significant events in the life of the Tucker Center. View and hear about the highlights of Tucker Center's last 20 years slideshow with Dr. LaVoi's voiceover narration by clicking on image below or on our website with Dr. LaVoi's voiceover and catch the highlights of the Tucker Center's last 20 years!

KaneMJ-2005.jpgProfessor Mary Jo Kane, School of Kinesiology faculty and Director of the Tucker Center, has a featured blog post in the CEHD Vision 2020 blog. Kane's post, "Female Athletes in the Media: The Best and Worst of Times," explores the disconnect between the amount and type of media's coverage of women athletes and the overwhelming interest and participation in women's sports.

wcr_2013-14_infographic.jpgTune in to CBS this Friday, January 10, at 8:30 a.m. to see a segment featuring high-profile female athletic directors discussing the lack of women in sport administration and coaching. The segment was inspired by the Tucker Center's recent release of the Women in Collegiate Coaching Report Card.

WCU-logo.pngThe Tucker Center, in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches, is offering a one-day Women Coaches Symposium on Friday, February 7, 2014 designed for youth sport, high school, club, and collegiate women coaches. It is a unique opportunity for professional development and networking. The exciting program features Head Coach Cheryl Reeve of the 2-time WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx, Head Female Coaches for the Gophers, in addition to leading sport science scholars. Students receive a special discounted registration, and all participants receive a free Tucker Center Film Festival ticket. For complete in formation and to register, click here.

nmlavoi-2013.jpgstair-2013.jpgDr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, and Austin Stair Calhoun, Director of eLearning + Digital Strategies in the School of Kinesiology and Ph.D. candidate in sport sociology, have published a chapter, "Digital media and women's sport: An old view on 'new' media," in the new Handbook of Sport and New Media (Andrew Billings and Marie Hardin, Eds.).

wcr-group.pngIn the 40+ years after the passage of Title IX, female sport participation is at an all-time high but the percentage of women coaching women at the collegiate level has declined from 90+% in 1974 to a near all-time low today of 40%. In addition, though the number of collegiate coaching opportunities is also at a record high, only 20% of all college coaching positions for women's or men's teams are filled by women. To help stop the decline of and increase the percentage of women in the coaching profession, and to increase awareness and start a national dialogue on this issue, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport commemorates its 20th anniversary in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches by launching a cutting edge research series and report card aimed at increasing the number of women in the coaching profession. Learn more about the historic decline in the percentage of women coaches, why this research and women coaches matter, how minority status in the workplace can affect individuals, and see which of 76 select "big time" NCAA Division-I institutions, sports and conferences receive passing and failing grades based on the percentage of head women coaches of women's teams.

wcr-brennan-usat.jpgDr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is quoted extensively in an exclusive USAToday article by columnist Christine Brennan, "Colleges doing poorly at hiring women coaches." The piece highlights two reports and an infographic authored by LaVoi on the decline in women coaches in collegiate athletics. The reports and infographic are available at the Tucker Center website.

Related story: Tucker Center kicks off women in coaching research initiative with two reports and infographic

Dr. Nicole M. LaVoiDr. Mary Jo KaneDrs. Mary Jo Kane and Nicole M. LaVoi, School of Kinesiology, and director and associate director, respectively, of the Tucker Center, are featured in a Star Tribune article, Rosenblum: 'Here's Proof' female athletes also can deliver high TV ratings. Highlighting the TC's new video, Media Coverage and Female Athletes and the #HERESPROOF Project where people are encouraged to post #heresproof-tagged images and comments about women's sports, the article highlights the TC's research on the disconnect between the great interest in and attendance at women's sports and the dearth of media coverage.

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