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Kellie Goodman

Powerful messages for women

What a week it was. Sports headlines should have been dominated by preparations for the Super Bowl, but instead, the biggest show on earth was overshadowed by the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a California helicopter crash. In the days that followed, Bryant, ...

Zero tolerance policy needed in pro sports

I grew up with a hard-core, old-school coach. My Dad preached the values of athletics to us from a very young age. While participating in sports, we were to learn skills, but also values; good habits, but also important lessons; and the biggest lesson of all was sportsmanship. We were to ...

Goodman Shaffer: Hikes inspire celebration of state parks

Another new year (and an exciting new decade) is under way. For many of us, 2020 began with a hike at a Pennsylvania State Park. The First Day Hike initiative has become a tradition in our region and around the nation, one that’s growing every year. By the numbers: since 2012, all 50 ...

A holiday ode to winter sports

This year’s poem celebrates the Winter Sports Season ‘Twas some time before Christmas and all through the region, The athletes were stirring… here comes a new season. With singlets and uniforms doled out with care, The hope of a championship floats through the air. The coaching ...

Saturday hunts change Thanksgiving

Pennsylvania’s firearm deer season is underway, though with a significant change from recent decades. Hunters took to the woods the Saturday after Thanksgiving rather than Monday, for the first time since 1963. The change was implemented to increase the number of hunters enjoying the ...

Sports gives much thanks for service

A pastor friend recently provided opening remarks at a business meeting I attended, using the opportunity to remind us the month of November should be spent in giving thanks. The traditional holiday of turkey and football first came to mind: the heat of the oven warming the kitchen; the ...

By thinking pink, sports raising cancer awareness

It’s become as synonymous with October as the falling leaves: breast cancer awareness. On NFL fields around the country, the league’s toughest are donning pink socks, gloves and other accessories, many in support of a loved one. In fact, we’d be hard-pressed to find someone whose life ...

October is the heart of the fall sports season

I saw a poster the other day that said, “My favorite color is October,” a reminder of how much I love this time of year. It’s not just the trees turning beautiful colors, or the vibrant mums and rustic cornstalks that seem to decorate every corner of our communities. And it’s more ...

Goodman Shaffer: Community pride part of college camaraderie

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium may be home to the “Greatest Show in College Football,” but recent weeks have reminded us why we love college football and college athletics in general, and it’s not just for the entertainment and excitement we enjoy between the lines. The University of ...

Cross country teaches self-discipline, improves health

The fall semester is underway in earnest, along with the new sports seasons. Evening lights turn on over football and soccer fields, with the sounds of crowds, bands and cheerleaders emanating from the busy athletic facilities. In contrast to these high-profile, high-decibel athletic events ...

Back to school: Activities help celebrate our communities

The yellow buses that have been slumbering all summer will roar back to life this week, and quiet classrooms will echo with voices once again as students go back to school. And as the school bells ring, entire towns will come together as well. Schools provide the populations they serve with ...

Success lessons from American Ninja Warrior

My summertime fascination is once again American Ninja Warrior. I thoroughly enjoy tuning in each week to watch people of all ages and backgrounds attempt to conquer the crazy obstacle course that demands balance, grip, strength and stamina. This competition has attracted elite athletes from ...

Cycling community strong in Central Pennsylvania

Whether your preferred bike ride features 20 miles, 40 or more, summertime in Central Pennsylvania offers lots of opportunities to compete, recreate or relax. This weekend marks the 24th annual Bicycle Ride for Multiple Sclerosis. The Glimcher Keystone Country Ride has become a Central Pa. ...

US women celebrating on top stage

I vividly remember falling in love with women’s soccer. It was exactly twenty years ago when the USA women, led by the likes of Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain captured the Women’s World Cup in a history-making moment for women’s athletics. The largest audience ever tuned in ...

Memories of Father’s Day and fishing

This weekend, many celebrated Father’s Day. The holiday is full of memories and traditions, including Jim Lane’s beautiful tribute column to his dad that is printed in the Mirror each year. For some families, Father’s Day means a day at the ballpark; for others, it’s a backyard ...

End of school year observations abound

The region’s final graduation ceremonies are taking place this week, with all of the pomp and pageantry, tears and cheers we’ve come to expect from the traditional, transitional ceremonies. Called “Commencement,” for many high schools and colleges, meaning “a beginning or start,” ...

Reflections on PSU’s graduation

I had the honor of attending a Penn State University graduation over the weekend. The Bryce Jordan Center floor, where we’ve watched so many basketball games was transformed into a pseudo-ceremonial auditorium. Hundreds of blue and white seats faced the dais, decorated with what looked ...

Penn State packs a perfect punch with its B-W weekend

Some general observations while enjoying the springtime weather and the springtime sports. n Could Penn State pack any more into the Blue-White weekend? The spring football scrimmage highlights what has become over the last two decades a showcase for all things sports and all things Nittany ...

McHugh, teammates celebrate title

With much of the country focused on basketball’s March Madness, and much of our region avidly following the Nittany Lion Wrestling team’s dynastic eighth national title in nine years, Penn State swimmer Ally McHugh quietly made program history, capturing the women’s swimming and diving ...

Celebrating chances to ‘Dream Crazier’

It was one of the most talked-about commercials to air during the Academy Awards broadcast: Serena Williams narrating Nike’s “Dream Crazier” message featuring women in sports. The commercial opened with the tennis legend describing common labels about women: emotional, dramatic, ...