Monthly Archives: July 2015

Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female Coach in NFL History

The Arizona Cardinals have hired the first female coach in National Football League history, the team and the NFL said Monday.

Jen Welter, a former rugby player at Boston College, played 14 seasons in women’s pro football and was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men’s pro league — as a running back for the Texas Revolution of Indoor Football League.

Jen Welter

“I want little girls everywhere to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football,” Welter said last year on NBC’s TODAY.

With the Cardinals, Welter will work with inside linebackers as a training camp-preseason intern coach. She’s also a veteran at coaching men, moving to the Cardinals from the Revolution, for whom she was linebackers and special teams coach.

The NFL confirmed Monday night that she is the first female coach in league history.

Welter, 37, won gold medals with Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championships in 2010 and 2013, and she has a master’s degree in sports psychology and a Ph.D. in psychology.

The move is something Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has talked about before, saying in an interview in March that the league would hire female coaches if they “can prove they can make a player better.”

“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Arians said Monday. “The one thing I’ve learned from players: All they want to know is: ‘How [are] you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t [care] if you’re the Green Hornet. I’ll listen.'”

Welter joins Becky Hammon among the very small group of women coaching major-league men’s sports. Hammon was hired last season as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association — just last week, she led the Spurs’ developmental team to the NBA Summer League championship.

Nor will Welter be the only woman on an NFL field this year. In April, the league hired Sarah Thomas, a respected men’s college football official, as its first full-time female game official.


Read the article from NBC news.

Fenway Farms featured on Yale Climate Connections

Fresh vegetables are grown, harvested, cooked and served at the Boston Red Sox’s ballpark.

Move over, hotdogs, and make room for a healthier menu at the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park. Fans can order salads and wraps made from vegetables grown in the park’s new 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden, affectionately called “Fenway Farms.”

Boston Red Sox Fenway Farms

Facilities manager Chris Knight, explains that one of the biggest motivations was …

KNIGHT: “… the demand from fans for greater access to healthy food options here at the ballpark.”

The Red Sox know that a ball traveling at high speed is sometimes called a “pea,” but when they decided to grow the vegetable, they had to bring in outside experts. Knight says the farm is truly a collaboration between the team, the company who will grow and harvest the crops, and the stadium concessionaire – who is creating a new menu for health conscious fans.

Fenway Farms is expected to produce about 4,000 pounds of produce annually. The farm will also offer environmental and nutritional programs for local students.

KNIGHT: “That will give local students an opportunity to learn about sustainability and healthy living options.”

The farm doubles as a green roof, so it will also improve air quality and reduce storm water runoff, making Fenway Farms a sustainability grand slam.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media/Jill Gorey.
Photo source: Fenway Greening website

Read the article at Yale Climate Connections.

UEFA Releases Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report for Euro 2016 Tournament

With one year to go before UEFA Euro 2016 kicks off in France, UEFA and the Euro 2016 SAS tasked with organizing the tournament recently released a report that details the comprehensive framework to promote sustainability and social responsibility during the quadrennial event.2015.07.21-NewsFeed-UEFA_Euro_2016_Report

The report focuses on four key areas – Governance, Setting the Stage, Tournament, and Behind the Scenes – to explain the work under way to mitigate the environmental, economic, and social impacts of Europe’s most important continental soccer tournament for national teams.

Before going further into these four areas, the report first focuses on the social responsibility framework at the heart of the tournament’s organization. This includes outlining a materiality approach that engages with key stakeholders to assess the environmental impacts and addressing them through tangible sustainability projects. By clearly expressing its priorities and objectives, the Euro 2016 organizers has identified what it has accomplished and what still needs to be done to finalize its plan prior to the start of the tournament.

By delineating the key facets of hosting a legacy event such as Euro 2016, UEFA has targeted product sourcing, waste management, sustainable stadium design, energy and water optimization, and public transport and mobility as key areas where it can concentrate its resources on minimizing the environmental impact of a tournament spanning 30 days and 10 cities. “Our objective is simple: to take every opportunity to optimise the sustainability of UEFA EURO 2016 and to address all aspects that we and our stakeholders can control,” Jacques Lambert, president of Euro 2016 SAS, says in the foreword. “To this end, sustainability objectives are being incorporated into every unit and project and will be monitored by dedicated coordinators.”

Read the full article here.

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