It is July, which is almost the middle of summer vacation. What fun things did you do in June? I am currently going to a fun summer camp each weekday. The name of it is Camp Butwin. We get to go horseback riding, swim in a great big pool and go on nature walks. This is my fourth year at Camp Butwin. I have a lot of friends there, but they are different from my friends at school. So it is fun to see them (almost) every year at camp.
Women’s sports, with very few exceptions, still elicit sexist, chauvinistic reactions from too many males, especially those media types who see female athletes as androgynous, titillating, sexy, or some circus clown act.
The July 4th holiday weekend marked the 33rd annual Hmong Freedom Celebration, also known as the J4 Soccer Tournament and Festival at Como Park in St. Paul. This year, for the first time, a formal invitation to attend the festival was extended to residents of the Como Park neighborhood.
This column, over the past two weeks, has focused on the trials of being an Only One — the only African American — as a reporter in the media booth and as baseball players on the field. This week we conclude our Only One series with a look at club volleyball.
Baseball supposedly is the all-American game, but today it looks more like apartheid: Whites watch a game mainly played by White players, while most of the Blacks at the ballpark are not fans but concession workers.
Next time you’re at Target Field for a game, consider buying a healthier alternative to your typical deep fried ballpark fare. Roots for the Home Team dishes up salads grown in community gardens across the Twin Cities. The program invites youth farmers from Urban Roots, Youth Farm and EMERGE community gardens to sell the salads during weekend home games.
The little boy in the 1974 movie Claudine told James Earl Jones’ character that he wanted to be invisible. When asked why, the frustrated youngest son of Diahann Carroll’s character simply replied that since his older siblings regularly ignore him, he might just as well be invisible.
With Major League Soccer and World Cup experience under his belt, Etienne Barbara is one of the Minnesota United’s most highly decorated players. (Submitted photos)
Everyone else on the team has escaped to the locker room after the clock signals an official end to practice. Only one player remains, running sprints across the National Sports Center turf and practicing shooting drills until he’s bent over in exhaustion.
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