261-Fearless, Then and Now

June 21, 2016
Hosted by Carole A. Oglesby, PhD

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The program spotlights the Kathrine Switzer life story; the woman who entered and finished the Boston marathon (by her initials only and long hair tucked under a hat), who finished that race even after a race organizer tried to literally knock her off the course, the woman who organized marathons for women internationally drawing thousands of participants and eventually convincing the IOC in 1984 to open a marathon event to women, and tells the exciting story of her life...Still being written strong as she has founded a new non-profit 261-Fearless in order to use running as a vehicle to empower women. Join Kathrine as she tells of her plans also to 'run Boston' again in 2017 on the 50th anniversary of her historic run.

Women and Sport: The Long Road Up

Women and Sport: The Long Road Up

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Women and Sport: The Long Road Up traces the pathway of women’s place in sport from the 1950s when girls and women were limited to play days, milk and cookies after “light competition,” to the impact of some of the most driven, talented, and charismatic figures who re-defined and transformed sport itself. Few people know these incredible women. Let’s make them friends of ours!

You will learn how the human spirit can overcome virtually anything if the will is present along with the talent. We can learn it is never “too late” or “too hard” to discover an inner athlete and to keep moving on our own life commitments.

We trace historical roots, examine strategies to get new women’s sports into Olympic and collegiate programs, how women overcame discrimination, bias, and hate, finding the excitement, joy and lifelong mentors and colleagues along the way and finally we speculate about what lies ahead.

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Carole A. Oglesby, PhD

Carole A. Oglesby, PhD

Carole A. Oglesby was a top level softball player from age twelve to thirty-two. She MADE three national softball championship appearances and coached collegiate teams for ten years. Carole earned doctorates in Kinesiology and Counseling in 1969 and 1999. She was the editor of Encyclopedia of Women in Sport in America and Women and Sport: From Myth to Reality, as well as author of over 50 academic and research publications. She is a recipient of the Women’s Sports Foundation Billie Jean King Contribution award, American Psychological Association Div.47 Lifetime Contribution in Public Service and AAHPERD McKinzie Award for Service Outside the Profession. She is a former President of WomenSport International and current Co-Chair of the International Working Group on Women and Sport.

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August 2016

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June 2016

  • 6/28/2016: To medal you have to get to the start line! Listen Now
  • 6/21/2016: 261-Fearless, Then and Now Listen Now
  • 6/14/2016: Long Road Up: Where is our modern starting line? Listen Now
  • 6/7/2016: Women's sports gains a HUGE ally in WSF Listen Now

Dr. Alpha Alexander


Dr. Alpha Alexander is Fitness Director at Walter State Community College and Chair of the Morristown Tenn. Diversity Committee. Alexander earned degrees at College at Wooster(Ohio) and doctorate at Temple University. She is Co-Founder and Vice President of the Black Women’s Sport Foundation. Dr. Alexander lead USA delegations to Barcelona, Atlanta and Nagano for the Olympic Youth Camps. She lead several Citizen Ambassador delegations to China, South Africa, Russia and Cuba. She has received the Billie Jean King Contribution Award (WSF), Olympic Shield (USOC) and NCAA Silver Award. Additionally, the NCAA named her in 2006 as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Student-Athletes of the Century. View Guest page

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Isabel Balaguer


Isabel Balaguer, PhD is a Professor of Social Psychology and Head of the Research Group in Sport Psychology (http://www.uv.es/uipd/) at the University of Valencia, Spain. Her principal interests the optimal development of athletes with a focus on both personal and social dimensions of well being. Author of Entrenamiento psicológico en el deporte: Principios y aplicaciones (1994), a pioneer book in psychological training used as a textbook in numerous Spanish speaking countries. For her contributions and international collaboration, she will receive a doctor honores causa degree from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Isabel has worked with the Spanish Tennis Federation for many years, conducting research and providing sport psychology training for young elite through professional tennis players, parents and coaches. She is the Research Lead of the international REDDECA network (www.reddeca.com), which centers on promoting quality and healthy engagement in sport. View Guest page

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Pam Boteler


Pam Boteler is President of WomenCAN International and one of the most respected global voices in the fight for inclusion of and equality for women in Olympic Canoeing. She made USA Canoe/Kayak history at the 2000 U.S. National Sprint Canoe/Kayak Championships by becoming the first woman to compete in sprint (or high kneel) canoe – against the men - winning gold and bronze medals in the Intermediate classes. Her advocacy on and off the water helped spur USA Canoe/Kayak to change its bylaws in 2002 to add women only events, equal to the men. Now, with over 50 countries with women competing in both sprint and slalom canoe, women’s canoe is on the verge of Olympic inclusion in Tokyo2020. Pam continues to compete nationally and internationally in paddlesports, is a consultant with The True Athlete Project, a non-profit organization focused on leveraging sport as a powerful tool for self-mastery and positive social impact and works full-time managing a leadership program View Guest page

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