After the Last Buzzer
In February 2016, I began a five-week, 5,400-mile road trip around the eastern half of the United States to visit most of my former Davidson College women’s basketball teammates and coaches and begin interviewing them for The Rebounders. I called this research trip the After the Last Buzzer Project, because I focused on what my teammates are doing now, after the last game buzzer of our college careers, several years after our graduation from Davidson. These strong, smart, beautiful women are graduate school students and mothers, homeowners and engineers and teachers and activists and world travelers.
My teammates and I didn’t grow up thinking we would make millions by playing basketball professionally someday. That’s a thought little boys can have that little girls often don’t really have, because the options for women to be professional athletes are rarely as lucrative as they are for men. So all along, as high school and collegiate athletes, we had to be planning our next steps, preparing for life after the last buzzer. The After the Last Buzzer Project attempts to add some nuance and context to the conversation we have about female athletes -- and, by extension, women.
You can visit After the Last Buzzer here:
I made the following stops over the course of the project:
Pentagon City, Fairfax, Orange, and Roanoke, Virginia
Winston-Salem and Davidson, North Carolina
New Orleans, Louisiana
San Antonio and Denton, Texas
New Wilmington, Pennsylvania