Serena Williams the, greatest tennis player of all times, lost last night to Angelique Kerber who will enter the US Open final for the first time. I was biting my nails and shaking my head watching the match in hopes that Serena “SuperWoman” would find her kryptonite and power herself into the Finals. It was frustrating to see Serena Williams playing without her mojo but I fully anticipate her to come back with a vengeance. Steff Graf's tennis record is waiting to be broken. I have no doubt that Williams will win her 23rd Major in the future and cement herself in tennis history. I can only hope I'm there to watch it in person.
Colin Kaepernick is receiving massive attention about his anthem protest and choosing to knee and not stand. Kaepernick said "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. " I relate to Colin and his sentiments of wanting to do something. My question is," what does he plan to achieve from this." Does he want to exercise his freedom of speech and raise awareness to America's problem of racial inequality or is he becoming an activist? I believe Muhammad Ali and a few other athletes were successful with their protest because they were involved and placed strategically by an organization that fully supported and educated them on matters at hand. I admire Colin for taking a stand and if awareness for the wrong doing and awareness of "freedom of speech" is the only thing that comes of it, then little progress is better than none. Although, I still believe real change can be made when athletes unite and protest together as a group.
Hope Solo "is kicking it solo" after being suspended for six months and having her contract suspended. I was in shock when I heard the infamous quote "a bunch of cowards" about the Swedish players defensive style of play after the US lost in the Olympics. I didn't believe she would lose her contract but after a few text from random friends, with questions about her comments, I began to think she may have to face repercussions. She has constantly been in the media with her off court distractions and now she has to pay for a sum of all her actions. Professional sports and life both have one thing in common "it ain't always fair". In life as well as sports success has more to do with overcoming your failures. Will Hope continue to ride solo or fight her way back to rejoin her teammates. If Hope gives a little more and adds some love and faith, she will be back in business.
This blog started with my internship in Chicago with the National Basketball Retired Players Association. I wrote of my experiences working with the staff in all areas. I was able to gain valuable experience working with a non profit and gain confidence in my abilities outside of playing basketball. I completed the internship with the NBRPA and I'm happy that I will continue to work with them in the future as a player consultant and finish some of the things I started while I was there. I'm also excited to announce that I recently joined the Kay Yow Cancer Fund staff in Raleigh NC as Director of Communications. I'm excited to be back home and continue the vision of my late coach, mentor and friend Kay Yow. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is committed to raising money for cancer research, serve others, honor survivors, save lives and unite others for a common cause. In my time with the NBRPA and KYCF I've been asked to play a lot of golf. It's imperative that I add golfer to my resume. Thanks to Wendy Larry former ODU womens' former basketball coach for motivating me and showing me the basics at this years 4KayGolfClassic.
Stay tuned for more updates on the latest in sports, my career, life lessons and my thoughts from a former player's perspective. Follow me on social media twitter, instagram, and facebook @chasitymelvin. Thanks for reading and check in next week for another big announcement. Continue to follow your dreams and know that everything happens for a reason.