Today’s trolling the media for Stanford sports news yielded an interesting–and inspirational–story. About one month ago, the women’s basketball team won a NCAA grant to pursue a project “to grow women’s basketball ‘from the inside out and at a grass-roots level.'” Stanford will use the grant money to create a workbook-based creative writing project for students in grades 3-5 in schools near the Farm. After students complete the writing project, they will receive a voucher to attend a Stanford women’s basketball game at Maples Pavilion this winter.
Bravo, women’s basketball, and especially to Sarah Boruta, who leads the charge. The project sounds like a creative and educational way to use grant money that many other schools would probably use on advertising or something of the like. Not only is helping young students an admirable goal in itself, but creating positive impressions of women’s sports among children early in life is certainly more effective at raising the profile of female sports than attempting to persuade middle-aged fans to watch the women play, too. Plus, the grant project puts Stanford’s full academic resources to work: the English department is rated #2 in the nation, and the creative writing department is also among the best in the United States.