Sideline Stories

Sideline Stories: Alicia Heyburn, Executive Director, Teens to Trails

What’s the difference between sports and recreation? What is the difference between play and learning? My favorite activities are considered both sports and recreation, and I learn best while being playful. But there is one aspect that is…

Sideline Stories: Clara Brown, Team USA

Clara has always been a competitive athlete – and her story is one of resilience. She was a gymnast, runner and skier growing up in Maine, but at age 12, she broke two neck vertebrae and suffered an…

Sideline Stories: Maddie Purcell, Portland Rising

Although I didn’t have a name for it until my 20s, I’ve experienced social anxiety for most of my life. Sports have been an outlet for me, a space where the social rules and roles on and off…

Sideline Stories: Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team

The Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team formed after Skipper Erica Beck Spencer competed at the 2014 J24 World Championship in Newport as part of another team. Out of the 72 teams, there were only two female skippers and…

Sideline Stories: Tri for a Cure Reynolds Trio

Tri for a Cure Maine virtual takes place throughout August, 2020, kicking off August 1st with essential fundraising efforts by triathletes with all types of stories. Hear what inspires this “mother and two daughters team” in this conversation…

Sideline Stories: Rachel Martin, Forward Motion Events

I have played some sort of sport as far back as I can remember.  I remember fondly my elementary school spring softball season, waiting to see what team I would be placed on. Was it the Wolves team…

Sideline Stories: Eric Driscoll, United States Tennis Association New England

Growing up in Standish in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I dreamed of being a professional athlete and played almost every popular sport. I also dreamt of working in the business world or possibly owning my own business one…

Sideline Stories: Gabe Hoffman-Johnson, President, USL to Portland

Having a multi-sport collegiate athlete turned coach and athletic director for a father, I never really had much choice…sports are in my blood. Not that I wish I had a choice. Growing up in that context, and as…

Sideline Stories: Louis Copolov, Maine Red Claws

From the development of my views and value system to the establishment of lifelong friendships, sport has had a profoundly positive impact on my life, personally and now professionally. Cue humble brag – I have always considered myself…