Glad New 12 months, light readers.
That is the time of 12 months the place we hand out presents to the world of ladies’s athletics.
Right here’s a number of:
To Kaiya McCullogh, Kayleigh Kurtz, Sinead Farrelly, Mana Shim, and all different NWSL gamers who had been the goal of abusive and coercive habits by coaches and directors: I sincerely hope you’ll be able to discover pleasure on the soccer pitch once more, a pleasure unjustly wrested from you.
To Brittney Griner: the braveness to make use of your platform to display simply how plainly evil the Putin administration truly is.
To Philadelphia and Nashville: newly-minted WNBA and NWSL groups.
To the U.S. males’s nationwide discipline hockey staff: respect and funding.
To Christen Press: a slot within the closing roster for the USA. You’ve scored too many ridiculous targets to be left dwelling.
To Charlotte North: a stage which is able to enable much more fame and publicity than she’s been getting with Athletes Limitless.
To North American ladies’s lacrosse rulesmakers: the braveness to ditch time beyond regulation and go to 8-meter free positions to interrupt ties.
To the NCAA: a pain-free implementation of the video assistant referee in ladies’s lacrosse.
And, for that matter, implementation of VAR for ladies’s soccer after a blatant missed name within the closing.
To Sam Kerr: an infinite World Cup with success and targets aplenty.
To the LPGA: a good presence on community tv.
To Hailie Deegan: a win in SRX to silence the critics.
To the Premier Hockey Federation and the Skilled Ladies’s Hockey Gamers’ Affiliation: a way of detente and the conclusion that solely a unified skilled presence will assist develop the sport.
To the folks working this spring’s XFL and USFL: the conclusion that maybe the identical quantity of funding in professional ladies’s deal with soccer might need been higher.
To the world’s soccer media: the power to check what will occur this 12 months at a FIFA world occasion to a “males’s World Cup,” not only a “World Cup.”
To the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup, an epic closing between the USA and Canada.
To soccer journalists Meg Linehan and Molly Hensley-Clancy: a Pulitzer.
To the U.S. ladies’s discipline hockey staff: a streak of optimistic leads to the FIH Professional League.
To Karen Shelton, Ann Simons, Pat Toner, and different long-time coaches who’ve retired: an avenue to present again to the sport.
For anybody else I could not have talked about: a lot happiness and well being in 2023. Make it your finest ever!