All of the women covering NBA teams for SB Nation’s team brands have had unique experiences covering basketball. You can meet all of the women we’re featuring in this series in the first post, which you can find here.
Learn about how they fell in love with the game in our second post, and read about the challenges they’ve faced in this field in the third post. The fourth post covers the other women in the industry they look up to, and the fifth post covers their favorite experiences covering teams for SB Nation’s team brands.
In this final installment of our series celebrating these women, they share some parting words of wisdom.
Bailey: Jumping off from the last question, I think it’s important to have a conversation about the willingness to continue covering a team, much less rooting for a team, that has so radically failed women in the way that the Mavs have. I imagine this may be a question women associated with other NBA teams may soon be asking themselves as well.
Sarah: I don’t want anyone to feel limited with their work. I’ve worked in radio, TV and newspapers. I’ve had my articles published on Yahoo! and Dallas Morning News. My next big goal is to get my work on ESPN. Ever since I was 6 years old, I have wanted nothing more in this life than to work for ESPN. I set really high goals for myself and thus far every job or company I have wanted to work for, I have. So, never sell yourself short, because you are amazing!
Courtney: My specialty is focusing on the positive perspective. Perspective can change everything about the outcome of an experience. The times I love writing about basketball the most are those when the outlook is bleak, the energy is down, and everyone is losing hope and faith in the team or the game. It’s a GAME. This is meant to be fun! But, sometimes you have to Mary Poppins the events in your life and find that spoonful of sugar with the nastiest tasting medicine there is in order to be happy. And that is why there is “Little Miss Bright Side” to help point all those sad faces back to the brighter side of the sun. (The Phoenix Suns, in this case. Pun absolutely intended.)
Ashley: The NBA world is a crazy and ever-evolving industry, but it really brings me a lot of joy. I’m able to shift my focus away from the day-to-day and work on a new set of problems for a while. As bizarre as that sounds, it’s really refreshing to me, and I use it as an escape. I hope I get to be a part of it for a long time.
Kayla: I would once again like to experience my gratitude for the Denver Stiffs for reaching out to me and giving me the opportunity to participate on the site. Although I do not contribute nearly as much as the other writers do, it’s still something that I’m grateful to be a part of in the small way that I am.
It’s also really special that I can say I was the first female member of the Denver Stiffs — and even more special that thanks to Ashley Douglas, I’m no longer the only female member on the Stiffs! I hope that as more amazing women take the risk of going for a career or hobby in the sports industry, it will soon no longer be as male-dominated as it is. Women that are in this industry are just as valuable as the men, and I hope it opens the door for women that may be hesitant to pursue a career or hobby in the sports writing industry.
Grace: Writing about basketball isn’t my only passion, but writing for GBB has opened so many doors for me. I started up my own personal blog recently, Words of Grace, and I’m looking into internships in the magazine world. I can’t thank people like Chris Faulkner (my former editor) and Joe Mullinax (current editor) enough for believing in me throughout my SB Nation journey.
This industry is a tough one for females, but we’re making many strides in the right direction. We need more women in the industry to inspire others to go for it and not be scared that they won’t be taken seriously. Hard work can get you so many places, and that’s what I’ve tried to do at GBB. I may not always be the best, but I will work my hardest at whatever I do to achieve my goals.
Jannelle: I believe that women have come a long way in the industry, yet have a long way to go. Granted, there are more women in the sports industry than there have ever been. However, we still get our share of crap from some fans on- and offline. Other than clapping back, we can’t control what they believe. The only thing that we can control is our content and making sure that we deliver the content that fans can enjoy and respect.
Marilyn: Just a couple of funny, random stories involving the Spurs and my family. The first is back in the 90’s, my dad and George “The Iceman” Gervin were workout buddies at the same gym. Every now and then we cross paths with him again, and it always amazes me that he still remembers my dad. The other is, my uncle used to run one the most prominent “big and tall” men’s clothing stores in the city. A lot of the Spurs would come to him for suits, and sometimes they would give him tickets and he’d take us to games. His “strangest” customer was Dennis Rodman. My uncle always described him as a very nice guy with the attitude of a 12-year-old. Apparently my uncle was one of the few people in the country who could deal with him, so even after he left the Spurs he would always come back and buy clothes from my uncle when he was in town.
Renee: I hope that my contributions as a writer and editor for Pounding the Rock help to bring it the attention it deserves. The writers and editors are doing incredible work bringing their knowledge and passion for basketball, and especially the Spurs, to Spurs fans around the world.
Romy: The Celtics are going to win a championship in the next 5 years, mark my words. I sold my Game 6 tickets (because I was broke) in 2008 and I still regret it. My advice: don’t do that. I won’t make that same mistake twice.
Shirley: I spend a lot of time gathering Celtics links and making game threads and reading about the Celtics and watching the Celtics. I have to say thank you to my wonderful husband who also loves the Celtics and very patiently indulges my fanaticism. I also have to thank Jeff Clark, the founder of CelticsBlog, for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful group. My experiences with CelticsBlog have been very positive and I’m thankful that I can be a part of it. And of course, Go Celtics!!!!
Michelle: Follow your dream, and don’t let anyone tell you your voice is not needed, or has less value than anyone else’s. If you have opinions about sports, share them. We want to hear them, and will have your back if someone else tries to mute you!
Rachael: Just that the team of men I work with at Brew Hoop are the nicest people I have ever met in my entire life. They have never once made me feel less than them in any way. I will always appreciate them for that. Oh, also... Bucks in 6.