Mapelasttry

I grew up playing every sport possible to keep up with my older brothers. I was a gangly, fearless tomboy running the streets of Detroit and then playing pickup games until dark in the suburbs of Washington DC.

In every family video you can see me off in the distance dribbling a ball or you can hear it in the background. At first, playing sports was a way to connect with my brothers and earn the respect of the neighborhood kids, eventually it earned me a basketball scholarship and a starting role as a freshman at a small D-1 school, Coastal Carolina College. Once I was there, my heart wasn’t in it. I had played travel ball for an AAU team and won a state championship in high school and suddenly, I was burned out.

I transferred to the University of Michigan, earned a degree in Communications and found a way to stay connected to sports by working in Sports Television as a producer. Over the past twenty years I’ve worked for all the major Sports Networks; Fox Sports, ESPN, TNT, NFL Network and NBC Sports. I’ve been lucky to cover some of the most coveted, high profile sporting events in the world…five Olympics, 4 NBA playoffs, and 2 Super Bowls. I’ve interviewed hundreds of athletes and I’m fascinated by their incredible talent, work ethic and the stories behind what drove them to become world-class competitors.  Currently, I work in Non Scripted Development for NBC, but my first love will always be sports.

I’m married to a former University of Hawaii Volleyball player who also loves sports. We have three daughters who play some combination of club soccer, basketball, volleyball, field hockey and water polo. I schlep my kids to some 7-8 practices a week, have tournaments or games most weekends and try to fit in one or two extra workouts when possible. Most of the time, I love it. Although I do often wonder if we are insane for spending so much of our time on sports.

My goal is for each of my kids to have a sport they love that can keep them busy in high school, out of trouble, and just maybe help them get into a college they desire.

I hope you will find in this website, humor, compassion, and guidance for raising a successful young athlete while maintaining some sort of sanity in your family!