51% #1614: How COVID-19 Impacts Women's Sports And, Separately, Internships | WAMC

51% #1614: How COVID-19 Impacts Women's Sports And, Separately, Internships

Jul 1, 2020

On this week’s 51%, a sports studies professor says the COVID-19 pandemic is costly for women’s sports in particular; there’s a study about support for transgender service members; and a teen’s nonprofit offering virtual internships expands because of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic left the country without its sports teams. Fans have been watching highlights from past seasons on their couches instead of games from the stands. Dr. Amy Bass is a sports studies professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She says certain areas of sports will take bigger hits than others.

A recent study from UCLA shows broad support among service members for transgender troops serving in the military. The Trump Administration bans transgender people from openly enlisting as such. Emily Elena Dugdale reports from Los Angeles for the American Homefront Project. 

This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  

Dr. Sharon Ufberg returns with her 51% segment “Force of Nature.” This time she interviews the founder of Interns 4-Good, Ellie Zimmerman, who will be a high-school senior, in Westchester County, New York. Zimmerman’s non-profit provides high school students an opportunity to offer digital support to nonprofits through virtual, skill-based internships. And when the COVID-19 crisis hit, and students and teachers took to virtual learning, interest in virtual help with homework and tech support took off. Zimmerman tells Ufberg what inspired her to start Interns 4-Good

Dr. Sharon Ufberg is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in California. The summer camp was set to launch at the end of June and run through the summer in two-week modules. 

BirdNote Common Potoo with Nancy Rumbel

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