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She Plays

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A weekly podcast about women's professional sports leagues in the US, equality and women's empowerment.
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The UFC Life with Julija Stoliarenko

She PlaysNov 10, 2020

Looking Forward to the Future w/ Julie DiCaro
Oct 20, 202124:03
Playing Professional Lacrosse w/ Amber McKenzie
Oct 14, 202123:29
You Are More Than an Athlete w/ WalkOn Nation
Oct 07, 202126:17
Offroad Racing with LJ!
May 05, 202158:53
Niamh Tallon w/ Her Sport
Apr 28, 202129:13
Jamie Mittelman, Flame Bearers Podcast

Jamie Mittelman, Flame Bearers Podcast

We're excited to chat with Jamie Mittelman, host of the Flame Bearers Podcast which spotlights woman-identifying Olympians and Paralympians. The podcast is the COVID-adaption of a dream communications position Jamie had been pitching to the International Olympic Committee — details here. She’s a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). We loved chatting about storytelling through podcasting and all of the phenomenal women Flame Bearers is highlighting. 

Flame Bearers: The women athletes carrying Tokyo’s torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women olympians & paramlympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. We spotlight some of our world’s greatest master of resiliency & arms listeners with tips + calls to action for how we can all better stand together.

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Apr 14, 202123:43
Sports are FUN w/ Gal Pal Sports
Mar 24, 202130:25
See you at the Women's College World Series w/ Kayla Lombardo
Mar 16, 202131:26
Beyond Women's Sports with Penny Guevara
Mar 02, 202123:20
Inspiring Stories w/ Honiball Humans
Feb 23, 202131:40
Covering Women's Sports with Haley Rosen (Just Women's Sports)
Feb 16, 202123:54
Building a Brand New Sports League w/ Jon Patricof

Building a Brand New Sports League w/ Jon Patricof

This episode we are so excited to be joined by Jon Patricof, CEO and Co-Founder of Athletes Unlimited. AU is a new pro sports venture that launched in 2020 with its inaugural softball season and on February 27 their inaugural indoor volleyball season will begin! 

Jon was most recently President of Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club and still currently serves on their Board of Directors. Prior to NYCFC, he spent 11 years as President and COO of Tribeca Enterprises, the owner and operator of the Tribeca Film Festival and related business ventures. He was the first employee at Tribeca and helped build the company into a multi-dimensional business with a globally recognized brand. Among his accomplishments was the creation of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival as well as the company’s landmark branded content partnerships with Dick’s Sporting Goods and American Express. Patricof started his career at Disney where he worked as a member of the strategic planning department helping grow the Disney, ESPN and ABC brands across video, audio and digital platforms. Between these companies he has executed investments and strategic partnerships, launched multiple new businesses and overseen sales, marketing, digital and content, legal, finance and operations. Jon received an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College where he was a member of the baseball team.

We got to chat about starting a brand new sports league and what sets Athletes Unlimited apart from any other league in existence. From their unique scoring systems to their weekly team drafts, AU really has revolutionized the way we can experience professional sports. Enjoy!

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Feb 09, 202121:25
New Era of Soccer in Los Angeles: Julie Uhrman and Angel City FC
Feb 02, 202123:41
A Day in the Life of a Sports Agent
Jan 26, 202126:56
How Sports Provided a Safe Space w/ Jenna Weiner
Jan 19, 202134:46
The NWSL College Draft is Upon Us

The NWSL College Draft is Upon Us

This episode we chat all about the NWSL College Draft with Jen Cooper, draft commentator and analyst. Jen is also the host of The Mixxed Zone podcast and "the WoSo encyclopedia" we all know and love!

Don't miss the NWSL College Draft on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7pm ET on Twitch!

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Jan 12, 202133:45
Premier Ultimate League (and Portland!) is rising w/ Maddie Purcell
Dec 29, 202033:07
Pop Culture + Women's Sports w/ the Future Million Heirs
Dec 15, 202032:15
New Softball League, Who Dis? with Sam Fischer
Dec 08, 202031:26
Inside the Gaming World w/ missharvey
Dec 01, 202024:07
Elevating Doubles Tennis w/ Hayley Carter
Nov 24, 202027:14
Playing Professional Basketball Abroad w/ Ashli Payne
Nov 17, 202028:51
The UFC Life with Julija Stoliarenko

The UFC Life with Julija Stoliarenko

We were thrilled to sit down with Julija Stoliarenko to chat about life as a big time fighter! She is first female UFC fighter both born and trained in Lithuania and she fights in the bantamweight division of the UFC. Julija is also an ILFJ Lethwei World champ as well as an IBJJF purple belts European champ. She joined us from her home in Lithuania and we loved hearing about her mental and physical preparation for fights, what it's like the week after a bout, and where she hopes the state of MMA/UFC fighting continues in her country.

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Nov 10, 202032:33
Could You Swim for 12 hours?! Marathon Swimming w/ Catherine Breed
Nov 03, 202026:27
The Ins & Outs of Rugby w/ Kristine Sommer

The Ins & Outs of Rugby w/ Kristine Sommer

We got the chance to sit down with women's national rugby team player Kristine Sommer to learn all about this incredible sport and the community it creates. Learn about the ways we can support national and local players as they prep for the 2021 World Cup! 

Check out the XV Foundation website and their Adopt an Eagle program!!!

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The XV Foundation raises money to supplement the costs for players to compete in the USA Women's XV Program. "At present, the USA Women’s XVs Program is the only USA Rugby team without secondary funding.  To compete in an increasingly professional landscape, we must create a financially sustainable platform through diverse, direct, and transparent revenue sources."

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Oct 27, 202030:21
Digging into Beach Volleyball w/ Kelly Reeves!
Oct 13, 202032:24
Why Investing in Women's Sports is a No-Brainer

Why Investing in Women's Sports is a No-Brainer

This week we chat with Niky Scott, author of "WNBA & NWSL Social Media Sponsorship & Fan Insights" and all around guru when it comes to determining the value of social data in women's sports leagues. She's on a mission, along with her company Zoomph, to showcase just how valuable it is to invest with women in sports. Take a listen, check out her incredible article with the link above and give her (and Zoomph) a follow on Twitter to see her latest findings! Shout out to all of our fellow AKFC alums :)

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SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEW PODCAST: Sports Break! Our first episode featuring Stephanie Allynne (The L Word: Generation Q and One Mississippi) drops this Thursday! 

Oct 06, 202038:21
Helping Athletes Know Their Worth w/ Chrissi Sanders
Sep 29, 202028:58
Breaking Records & Evading Kangaroos: Ultrarunning w/ Carla Molinaro!
Sep 22, 202032:56
The Art of Sports Photography w/ Nikita Taparia
Sep 15, 202043:20
Check out our Fantasy Games!
Aug 19, 202012:11
2020 WNBA Preview w/ Will Lewis
Jul 21, 202023:14
Equalize the Future w/ Simran Kumar
Jul 14, 202017:09
Chatting with Sammy Davis, NWHL's #1 Draft Pick
Jul 01, 202025:28
The Gender Equal Football Club w/ Lewes FC's Maggie Murphy

The Gender Equal Football Club w/ Lewes FC's Maggie Murphy

We are joined by Maggie Murphy, General Manager at Lewes FC in Lewes, England. We chat about football/soccer in Britain and their incredible movement to become the first and only gender equal football club in the world. They are 100% fan-owned and are revolutionizing the way football clubs (and sports teams/clubs in general) can build up their local community.

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Lewes FC - Become a Lewes FC Owner!

The Equal Playing Field - an organization co-run by Maggie, a truly wonderful non-profit initiative that challenges gender inequality in sport and promotes sports development for girls and women globally.

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Lewes FC Club Twitter, Women's Team Twitter, Instagram

Equal Playing Field Twitter, Instagram

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duKTiG provides high quality products that are affordable and accessible for the soccer community, like their myTrainer notebook! Coaches and players, don't miss out on this chance to save 10% in their online store! Use discount code SHEPLAYSPOD - start shopping now

Techne Football is a one-of-a-kind resource for players and coaches, developed by long-time pro and former U.S. Women's National Team player Yael Averbuch. Use promo code SHEPLAYS to save 10% when signing up for individual or group Techne subscription!

Jun 22, 202051:49
Coaches Across Continents w/ Nora Dooley
Jun 16, 202036:12
Getting Drafted with NWHL's Saroya Tinker!
May 26, 202051:39
Around the WORLD w/ Becca Pizzi!
May 19, 202034:33
Chat w/ Emily Crane of NPF's Chicago Bandits!
Apr 21, 202030:14
Catching Up w/ Sashel Palacios (Cleveland Comets of the NPF and Mexico WNT)

Catching Up w/ Sashel Palacios (Cleveland Comets of the NPF and Mexico WNT)

We caught up with Sashel Palacios of the Cleveland Comets (NPF) and the Mexican National Softball team! While things have changed since we recorded (Olympics postponed and NPF season delayed), we hope you take a listen to learn more about Sashel. We loved our chat and can't wait to cheer her on once softball gets back in gear!

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Tuesday, April 14 - Cleveland Comets vs Aussie Spirit - originally played on 6/25/18

Thursday April 16 - ScrapYard Dawgs vs Chicago Bandits - originally played on 6/1/16

Thursday April 18 - USSSA Pride vs Chicago Bandits - originally played on 8/4/16

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Apr 14, 202024:56
Chat with Coley Ries of the NPF

Chat with Coley Ries of the NPF

Check out our interview with Coley Ries from the NPF's Aussie Peppers! We loved getting to chat with her in what we thought was the last few weeks until NPF season started. Things are a bit different now schedule-wise but we still wanted to get this interview out so you can get to know Coley and hear more about the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league here in the US!

Be sure to follow Coley on Instagram and Twitter - @coleymarieries

Upcoming NPF games to watch on their website -

April 6 - USSSA Pride vs Chicago Bandits (originally played 6/29/18)

April 8 - Akron Racers vs Dallas Charge (originally played 8/1/16)

April 10 - Cleveland Comets vs Canadian Wild (originally played 7/27/19)

April 12 - Chicago Bandits vs Cleveland Comets (originally played 6/6/19)

Keep up to date with the NPF on Instagram and Twitter - @profastpitch

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Apr 07, 202041:30
A View into the Women in Sport Industry w/ Cait Leavitt
Mar 24, 202040:10
Black Girls Can Bowl 2 - our chat with founder & professional bowler, Gazmine "GG" Mason
Feb 18, 202033:51
Girl! You're a boss! w/ Sarah Wolfer
Feb 11, 202025:50
NCAA Players Can Get Paid! The Potential Impact on Female Athletes w/ Dr. Lindsey Darvin

NCAA Players Can Get Paid! The Potential Impact on Female Athletes w/ Dr. Lindsey Darvin

This week we bring you our conversation with Dr. Lindsey Darvin where we talk about the new 'Name, Image and Likeness legislation' and the impact it might have on women's sports in the US. (There is also a snippet at the end where we talk with VEO CEO, Henrik Teisbæk. VEO is one of the world's most innovative and fast-growing sports tech companies right now whose main product is a football/soccer camera that records matches without a camera man, using artificial intelligence!) Check out links below. 

Dr. Darvin is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Management Department at SUNY Cortland. 

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Lindsey received her Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Florida, her M.S. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Sport Management, and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Political Science. She was a two-sport NCAA student-athlete (basketball and lacrosse) during her time as an undergraduate. Prior to coming to Cortland in 2018, Lindsey worked for a variety of sport organizations as both an administrator and coach.  Lindsey began her career working with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and from there went on to work with Harvard Athletics in events and operations. She has also worked within a variety of athletic departments including Villanova University, Drexel University, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida Lindsey served as an academic tutor and in a mentorship role for university student-athletes across a variety of varsity programs. She also has previous coaching experience at the intercollegiate and interscholastic levels of play. Lindsey’s research agenda focuses on diversity and gender equity in sport, as her work seeks to combat the lower rates of female leadership throughout the industry. She has published articles within peer-reviewed journals throughout the social sciences, including national attention for a project published within the journal Sex Roles. Lindsey has also written articles for several media outlets, and has provided expert quotes for media articles featured within the Huffington Post, Vice Sports, Forbes, and Culture Trip. She has also served as an editorial manager for the P.A.A.D.S (Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists) Research Digest, a monthly athlete development journal containing research briefs and industry related interviews and serves on the review board for the Journal of Athlete Development and Experience (JADE). 

VEO - Record without a cameraman - great for skills training, recruitment packages, analyzing matches and training sessions, etc.

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Feb 04, 202034:39
WISE WORDS: Kobe Bryant, Dear Basketball

WISE WORDS: Kobe Bryant, Dear Basketball

We want to take a moment and honor a true sports legend, Kobe Bryant. He changed the sports world as we know it and can only imagine what he would have continued to do, especially on the women's side. 

Here is the transcript of Kobe Bryant's award-winning animated film, Dear Basketball.  It was harder to record than we thought - such a perfect good-bye to the sport he loved. We know athletes around the world resonate with this message. Rest In Peace, Black Mamba.

Dear Basketball,

From the moment

I started rolling my dad’s tube socks

And shooting imaginary

Game-winning shots

In the Great Western Forum

I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —

From my mind & body

To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy

Deeply in love with you

I never saw the end of the tunnel.

I only saw myself

Running out of one.

And so I ran.

I ran up and down every court

After every loose ball for you.

You asked for my hustle

I gave you my heart

Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt

Not because challenge called me

But because YOU called me.

I did everything for YOU

Because that’s what you do

When someone makes you feel as

Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream

And I’ll always love you for it.

But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.

This season is all I have left to give.

My heart can take the pounding

My mind can handle the grind

But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.

I’m ready to let you go.

I want you to know now

So we both can savor every moment we have left together.

The good and the bad.

We have given each other

All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next

I’ll always be that kid

With the rolled up socks

Garbage can in the corner

:05 seconds on the clock

Ball in my hands.

5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,


Jan 28, 202004:43
SPECIAL RELEASE - Our Chat with NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf
Jan 10, 202032:06
Hello 2020!
Jan 07, 202037:03
Last Episode of 2019 feat. Lindsay Gibbs; SoccerEx w/ US Club Soccer
Dec 25, 201946:01
#WiseWords - Diana Nyad
Dec 17, 201914:02