Now I Am Mad!Earlier this week a friend of ours shared a quick video that made my blood boil! Have you seen the video of the "weight room" that was provided for the women competing in the NCAA Basketball Tournament?
The original video was shot by Sedona Prince, a basketball player at the University of Oregon. The "weight room" that the NCAA provided these women was insulting.
Ali Kershner, the Sports Performance Coach for the Stanford Women's Basketball Team, followed up on Prince's video by sharing an image on her Instagram page that compared the training facilities available for the players at the Men's and the Women's NCAA Tournaments. Let's just say it was like comparing apples and giraffes. See if you can guess which one is for the Women's Tournament...
Men's Tournament vs. Women's Tournament Weight Rooms...To say that I was irate after I saw it would be an understatement. As a proponent of the benefits of strength training for EVERYONE, I was fuming. As the father of 3 beautiful, yet strong girls, I was offended. As a human being, I was outraged. This is insulting to every female. Did the NCAA think that these women weren't capable of training with more than some really light dumbells?
Strength is important and these female student-athletes have worked hard on and off the court for most of their lives. However, I would be willing to bet that the strength that they have was not earned with a weight tree stacked with 5, 10, 15, and 20 lb dumbells and a couple of yoga mats. They deserve to be treated no differently than their male counterparts. They have earned AT LEAST that much!
** To be fair, AFTER all of this was made public, and there was a significant public outcry, the NCAA did finally provide these young women with an appropriate training area. However, in my eyes and the eyes of many others, this was too little too late. **
Movement is my medicine,