Kaylee Pofahl

Multimedia freelance storyteller passionate about sustainability, culture, sports and social issues

Liberty players stand up to WNBA: T-shirt fines won’t stop our fight

The Indiana Fever may have beaten the Liberty for the first time this season on Thursday at the Garden, but the biggest statement of the game came before the opening tip. The Liberty and the Fever, along with the Phoenix Mercury, were hit with hefty fines by the WNBA for wearing all-black warm-up T-shirts in the wake of the recent police shootings of black men across the country — Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, to name two — and a sniper’s assassination of five Dallas cops.

5 lessons we can all learn from the Coronavirus pandemic —

We find ourselves in a scary, uncertain moment with the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone’s lives are being impacted by the virus and it’s an intensely stressful time. Moments like this always seem to be a catalyst for all different kinds of change. If we’re being honest, there’s not much we have power over but ourselves. The fear, anxiety and sadness of what’s happening is enough to cripple us or turn us into the people from WALL-E if we let it. I propose an alternative route. This is happening for

Devils' Ben Lovejoy talks CTE, hockey and pledging brain for concussion research

NEWARK, N.J. — As the NHL grapples with the disputed effects of head injuries in hockey, Ben Lovejoy made what can be considered a positive contribution last month, becoming the first active NHL player to pledge to donate his brain to CTE research. With his announcement, made by the Concussion Legacy Foundation on Dec. 7, the 33-year-old Devils defenseman joined the more than 2,500 former athletes and military veterans who have pledged to donate their brains to the Boston University CTE Resear

Radical Renegade ft. Alex Fine

Rise’s Radical Renegade is a monthly series featuring interviews with trailblazing career mavens. Kicking off the lineup is Alex Fine, CEO of Dame Products, a company on a mission to empower female sexual pleasure with their ever-growing line of sex toys. On a cold March afternoon in Williamsburg, Rise CEO Vivian Chen sat down with fellow entrepreneur Alex Fine. They talked about sex, setbacks, how empowerment in the bedroom can carry over to the boardroom and much more.

Canadian athletes may be singing gender-neutral national anthem

Canadian athletes in Pyeongchang may be able to sing their national anthem with reverberations of inclusion when they take the Olympic podium. The Senate approved a change to the English-language version of "O Canada" to make the anthem gender neutral. The legislation needs only formal royal assent to officially become law. "In all of us command" will replace "in all thy sons command" in the second line of the anthem. There have been 12 bills introduced to strip "O Canada" of its gender refer

Quitting my first job out of college, changing career paths & making big scary decisions —

As far as mind altering, life changing epiphanies go, the delivery of mine was exceptionally white collar. It was a winter afternoon at my office in downtown Manhattan and my editor asked me to write up a quick story about an NHL trade that just happened. I couldn’t tell you what teams or players were involved but we weren’t talking about a blockbuster P.K. Subban for Patrik Laine type of trade. Your everyday hockey fan would probably hear about it, do that frown-while-nodding thing and carry on

Five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser pledges brain to CTE research

One of Canada's most decorated Olympians, Wickenheiser became the first member of the Canadian Women's Ice Hockey team to donate her brain to CTE research through the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The 39-year-old Saskatchewan native, who is currently in PyeongChang as a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, joins over 2,800 former athletes and military veterans who pledged to donate their brains to the foundation's research. “As I transition to being an ambassador for hockey in my retirement

Trades, retirement decisions and drug charges highlight frenzied Friday in CFL

The CFL may have set a record Friday for the most activity by any professional sports league in a single day. To say a lot happened would be an understatement. There were flipped trades, acquisitions, retirements and drug charges. Here's everything you need to know about Feb. 2, 2018, the day the CFL went wild. Early on Friday, the Tiger-Cats acquired defensive end Charleston Hughes from the Calgary Stampeders. Hamilton then flipped the four-time CFL All-Star to the Saskatchewan Roughriders h

Commonwealth Games 2018: Wiebe's latest gold a product of previous failure

That's the mantra Erica Wiebe repeats to herself before stepping onto the mat for a match. It's proved to be effective so far. Wiebe successfully defended her Commonwealth Games Women's Freestyle 76kg wrestling title Wednesday, defeating opponents from Sierra Leone and England before putting away Nigeria's Blessing Onyebouchi in the final. Making her international debut in 2014, the Stittsville, Ont., native was enjoying the best season of her career when she won captured Commonwealth Games go

Blue Jays have to make decision on Teoscar Hernandez

NEW YORK — At the end of spring training this year, John Gibbons said outfielder Teoscar Hernandez couldn’t do anything more to strengthen his case for a spot on Toronto’s 25-man roster. Since being called up April 13, the Cotui, Dominican Republic, native proved the Blue Jays manager wrong. Hernandez is boasting a .375 batting average, highlighted by a four-hit night against the Royals Wednesday that included a homer, his first career triple, and four RBIs. The breakout performance follows a h

America the beautiful: A culture obsessed with body image —

I looked noticeably bigger. It wasn’t an insignificant size difference, either. Did I manage to gain 15 pounds during my 26-hour trip home? Were the mirrors in the States different from the mirrors in Australia and Vietnam? I didn’t understand what was happening. Sure, I wasn’t on a regimented diet or exercise plan during my travels but if I wasn’t spending part of the day hiking or trekking around with a 50 pound bag on my back, I was going for a run to get my daily exercise in. And yes, I wa

Andrew Politi quietly starting minor league career with Boston Red Sox

Andrew Politi wasn’t surrounded by family and friends with cameras poised for the moment the phone rang. The Long Valley native was at his house by himself when he got the call from the Boston Red Sox on June 6, letting him know that he was their 15th-round pick (No. 460 overall). Politi preferred it that way. “I didn’t want to be with anyone at the time,” the 22-year-old said. "It’s kinda stressful." Once the highly anticipated call came, family and friends came by to congratulate Politi on

Penn pounds Delaware State, 105-52

The Penn men’s basketball team gave fans two reasons to smile Wednesday night — a 105-52 win over Delaware State to begin the team’s nine-game home stretch and free cheesesteaks in a team promotion for scoring more than 100 points. Penn also surpassed 100 points in a 101-96, four-overtime victory over Monmouth on Nov. 26. The last time the Quakers scored 100 at the Palestra was Jan. 16, 2006, in a 105-73 win over Lafayette. Penn’s cheesesteak promotion with nearby Abner’s began in the 1990s bu

Roman grad Davis realizing star potential at Arcadia

Da'kquan Davis (above) has become a standout in his freshman year at Arcadia. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL) When Arcadia head coach Justin Scott recruited Da’Kquan Davis out of Roman Catholic High School, he knew the Philly native would come to campus ready to play as a freshman. What he didn’t expect was Davis’ ability to run a team, or that he would do it so soon. Coming out of the Philly Catholic League after playing an integral part in two PCL and state championships, it was clear that Davis
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