By now you’ve heard and read countless times — on this blog and elsewhere — about how ESPN and our campus here in Bristol, Conn., is a great place to work. Every week we host world-class athletes and other famous people from sports and entertainment, which is just part of the appeal. But, every so often, we have guests on campus who bring a slightly different perspective, appreciation and enthusiasm for this place.
Such was the case last week, when the winners of the espnW Hackathon — Ditaya Das, Divya Natesan and Pooja Gada, all Carnegie Mellon University grads — spent a day with us in Bristol. Their visit was part of their grand prize award, which included a VIP tour of campus and an ESPN meet-and-greet with leaders of ESPN’s Digital Media and espnW teams, including presentation of their “iSports” app, which won the competition last fall.
Check out their version of an ESPN “Car Wash” in the video above.
On Monday, Team USA soccer forward and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan visited ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus to talk about her new book The Kicks: Saving the Team.
Morgan’s packed ESPN Car Wash schedule included a stop at SportsCenter, where she took shots against goalkeeper and Numbers Never Lie commentator Hugh Douglas, and an ESPN Newsmaker, where she talked with ESPN employees about her journey to becoming a professional soccer player.
In the Front Row video above, she discusses — among other things — her This is SportsCenter spot, the new espnW Women in Sports wall and some of her favorite ESPN MLS commentators.
(L-R) ESPN Films VP Connor Schell, espnW VP Laura Gentile, Nine for IX producer Libby Geist and ESPN Films EP John Dahl. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ESPN Images)
The film, directed by Bess Kargman and executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg, chronicles the career of C. Vivian Stringer, one of the most prolific coaches in the history of college basketball. She was the first coach to lead three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Iowa and Rutgers) and received basketball’s highest honor in 2009: induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, alongside Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan and David Robinson. continue reading…
espnW’s Jane McManus attended an Azeri wedding during her travels to Azerbaijani. (Elvin Garayev)
ESPNNewYork.com reporter and espnW contributor Jane McManus recently traveled to Azerbaijan and Georgia as part of a U.S. State Department exchange trip. During her visit, she met with college students, journalists and sports teams as part of the Department’s ongoing initiative of empowering women in sports across the globe.
Front Row had the opportunity to speak with McManus following her return. continue reading…
More than 40 years after the passing of Title IX legislation, ESPN is capturing watershed moments in women’s sports in a new display unveiled yesterday on ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus. The wall dedication was a fitting part of the festivities leading up to the first-ever primetime telecast of the WNBA Draft, held in Studio E and aired on ESPN2, ESPNU and WatchESPN.
The 560-square foot wall (just down the hall from ESPN’s newsroom) features iconic moments in women’s sports history, from Billie Jean King’s triumph in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973, to ESPN’s pioneering female sports broadcasters of the 1970′s and 80′s, to “The Year of Women’s Soccer” in 1999. continue reading…
“Storytelling about women in sports is an ongoing effort at ESPN, and after the recognition of Title IX last summer, the Nine for IX series is a perfect extension and partnership between espnW and ESPN Films,” said Libby Geist, associate director of development for ESPN Films.
“The series tells nine distinct stories by female filmmakers for all our fans, male and female.”
Nine for IX film topics include an intimate look at Pat Summitt, college sports’ most successful coach ever; the largely unknown history of Katarina Witt and her link with East Germany’s secret police; and the focus of sex in the marketing of female athletes. The series is scheduled to premiere on July 2 on ESPN and the films will air over consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. ET.