Kellie Goodman

Be a ‘Friend’ and help out at a state park

This year is a special year for Pennsylvania outdoor lovers. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the formation of the commonwealth’s first state park, as well as the law that led to the creation of the state forest system. At a recent regional retreat hosted by the 501-c3 ...

College softball teams enjoying their spring training

Walking into the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex is a lot like walking into the Pirates training camp in Bradenton, Florida. Meticulously-manicured softball diamonds, eight in all, are buzzing with activity, as ninety Division II and D-III teams converge on the Diamond Dreams ...

Lessons learned from US curling gold

It was 1:30 when my alarm clock went off Saturday morning. I wasn’t getting up for a trip to the airport or even the hospital, but rather for the ultimate date with my favorite Winter Olympic sport. Curling. For years (every four years to be exact) I’ve watched this relatively obscure ...

Olympic spirit surpasses medals

Some of my favorite stories of the Winter Olympics have nothing to do with gold, silver or bronze, but rather courage, friendship and sportsmanship; and many of them find us rooting for athletes not necessarily wearing red, white and blue. n Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carried his country’s ...

Enjoying month filled with winter sports

Some general observations while enjoying a sports-filled February… Blue Knob has become a Winter Wonderland under new management this season, marked by improved facilities, more consistent hours and a new tubing location in the works. The highest skiable mountain in Pennsylvania is a ...

Goodman Shaffer: Attitude of gratitude: Power in the positive

As New Years’ resolutions begin to fade from our mind, there is one that I think is worth some re-commitment. It’s the concept that our attitude dictates our happiness, and, in fact makes an impact on those around us as well. It’s not a new idea. Rev. Norman Vincent Peale first ...

Olympic gymnasts calling for change

We’ve been reading reports for years about the impact of sports on self-esteem, especially for girls. Participation in athletics has been shown to improve confidence, strength and the ability to overcome obstacles. Knowing the positive impact sports can and should have on young people ...

January is filled with both honors and observations

Some January honors and observations while still mourning the end of the Steelers’ football season, as well as the end of the McCutchen baseball era in Pittsburgh. n Penn State’s athletics program is among the best in the nation, according to the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings at ...

Olympics flame the fire of peace

The Winter Olympic Games are growing closer by the day, and with them, the ongoing hope for peace through sport. Every two years the world pauses, taking a break from political grandstanding and chest-pounding for a few weeks of friendly contests in the arenas of summer or wintertime athletics. ...

First Day Hikes set tone for parks

The New Year rang its way in with unseasonably cold weather, but that did not stop Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation Friends Groups from celebrating 2018 with a series of First Day Hikes. At Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, the PPFF 2017 Park of the Year, dozens of people of all ...

Truex family celebrates through adversity

Some general holiday/sports observations after spending much of Christmas Day helping my husband assemble our nephew’s Lego superhero car comprised of more than 150 pieces: I think we’ll probably consider a football or basketball next year. Grateful for those who work on the holiday ...

Holiday ode to the Steelers

With inspiration from Clement C. Moore, here is the ode. ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through Heinz Field, Not a creature was stirring, after a Patriots’ steal. The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care, In hopes that a championship still would be theirs. The ...

’Tis the season for winter sports …

With temperatures dropping and snow starting to swirl, high school sports head indoors for the winter season; that means holiday tip-off tournaments, wrestle-offs for starting positions and tons of excitement packed into small spaces in gyms throughout Central Pennsylvania. I love all of the ...

Some soundtracks fit perfectly with sports

As holiday music streams through the car radio, the stores, and even the computer, putting us into the spirit of the season, I can’t help but wonder — what would life, and in particular — athletics — be without it? Music infiltrates every aspect of our lives. How often do we find ...

Sports gives us things to be thankful for

Some general observations while still looking for ways to use turkey-day leftovers: n In this region, Thanksgiving and deer season go hand-in-hand, as the holiday kicks off a weekend of sighting in guns, pulling hunting clothes out of the closet, and packing up for long days in the woods and ...

Olympic curling on the horizon

When the hours of daylight grow shorter and the nights seem infinitely longer, it’s clear that winter is on its way. I’m not usually one who looks forward to the colder temperatures and earlier sunsets, but every four years is another matter entirely. I love the Winter Olympics, with its ...

Rec Hall electric for volleyball

The news came on Monday: the Penn State women’s volleyball team is once again the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, their fifth week at the top spot; but this time around, the ranking is unanimous. For the Nittany Lions, the designation is just another footnote in a long and storied legacy ...

NASCAR’s drivers looking to survive

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup teams are just two weekends away from the off-season and the crowning of the 2017 champion. Kevin Harvick’s win at Texas this past weekend punched his ticket to Homestead’s Championship Four, joining points leader Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch. The final spot ...

Sports, Halloween together for one night

Commentary Halloween is one of those holidays that infiltrates every corner of pop culture, including sports. Bats, ghosts and jack-o-lanterns embellished the M&M’s theme on Kyle Busch’s Halloween paint scheme for the NASCAR race at Kansas earlier this month. (Collectors-edition ...

Observations from fading fall season

Some random thoughts while wishing the fall sports season didn’t fly by so fast… n The Penn State women’s soccer team held its senior day festivities over the weekend, an appropriate time to look back at the accomplishments of the graduating class. They brought home the program’s ...