Lessons Learned Along the Way: A Pregame Intern’s Recap

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It’s crazy to think that my (almost) 3 months here at Pregame are up, but alas, the time has come. As I am preparing to head back to school, I can’t help but reminisce on these past few months and the unimaginable experience that I have had this summer as Pregame’s intern. Bottom line: I have had the most rewarding, fulfilling, informative, motivating, and fruitful summer and it is almost all by virtue of my time here at Pregame HQ. I just want to thank Pregame for this summer spent growing and learning in an involuntary capacity that I have […]

Cultivating Diversity: The Courage to Confront Our Biases

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I’m ashamed to admit that I avoid talking about diversity because I worry that I will open my big mouth and commit some gross gaffe, causing extreme discomfort for everyone and and intense shame for myself. I worry I will reveal an “implicit bias” that unveils what an unconscious bigot I am and I will be rejected. By everyone. But, we are all biased. Our brains would self-combust if we didn’t use filters to sift through the onslaught of data and sensory experiences we encounter daily. Scientists estimate that we have conscious access to only 5% of our brains. So […]

Co-Existing in Tokyo

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I never imagined I’d go to Tokyo. I always said there was so much to see in the US that the thought of traveling overseas seemed so… foreign to me. But, in the Fall of 2016 I found myself with the opportunity to travel to Japan with a group of 12 -14 year old female gymnasts, two of their coaches, a parent chaperone and my husband, the delegation leader, for an 8 day adventure. We had an itinerary filled with a mix of tourist and insider opportunities, as one of the coaches was Japanese and returned to his home country […]

Featured Artist: Travis Somerville

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Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, he briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, finally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. His large scale oil paintings on paper mounted to canvas incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the south. His work explores the complexities of racism and serves as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad. It has […]

Impact: The Alzheimer’s Association

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The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. It was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through its headquarters in Chicago, a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and a presence in communities across the country. The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as a top large nonprofit to work for by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector. Tracy Morgan is the Executive Director of the Oregon […]

Past Present Podcast: LIVE! Libraries, the Hamptons, and the Summer of Love

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In this week’s special live episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate funding cuts for libraries, the history of the Hamptons, and the legacy of the Summer of Love. Libraries Donald Trump’s proposed budget allots zero federal dollars to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We discussed the history of public libraries in America during our live taping at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, New York. The Hamptons Although the Hamptons is known as a favorite summer destination spot for Manhattan’s wealthy, the region has a long and diverse history, including a historic summer […]

Impact: LaunchCode

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LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization that creates routes to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology. LaunchCode partners with over 300 companies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, and matches them with job seekers through a unique mentorship and paid apprenticeship program. Located primarily in the St. Louis and Miami areas, LaunchCoders also work in Chicago, Atlanta, Fort Knox, Seattle, Portland, and other locations. LaunchCode was co-founded by Square’s Jim McKelvey in 2013. It has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, npr’s Marketplace, and TechCrunch for its tremendous impact in the tech industry: creating 500+ new jobs in tech, […]

Past Present Podcast: Truckers, NATO, and Spelling Bees

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In this week’s episode of Past Present, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the decline of the long-haul trucker, the future of NATO, and the national spelling bee. Truckers A New York Times article on long-haul truckers by Trip Gabriel detailed the declining status of truckers in American life. Niki commented the highpoint of truckers’ cultural cache in the 1970s, including popular cultural depictions like the movie Smokey and the Bandit. Neil cited Bruce Schulman’s argument in his book The Seventies about the “reddening” of America as another way of understanding truckers’ popularity in that decade. Natalia shared an essay in […]

Past Present Podcast: HBCUs, Rebecca Tuvel, and Commencement Speeches

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In this week’s episode of Past Present, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Rebecca Tuvel controversy, and commencement speeches. HBCUs Donald Trump recently suggested that a federal program that finances construction projects on historically black college and university campuses may be unconstitutional. But a few days later, he expressed “unwavering support” for HBCUs. Natalia observed Trump’s various moves to reach out to African Americans followed an Obama presidency that was often criticized for not reaching out to African Americans enough, something that the former president acknowledged in David Remnick’s New Yorker profile of him. […]

May 2017: Advice to My Younger Self

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It’s college decision day for high school seniors, and graduation month for both high school and college students. Early milestones that seem like a really big deal… because they are. Decisions made now about the next step in life will shape everything else to come. Being ten years older than my youngest brother, at his graduation milestones, I took the opportunity to share my best advice with a decade of hindsight. I like to think he saved these cards and that maybe there was some sentiment that saved him a hard lesson. I can’t go back in time and tell […]