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I’ve been seeing more and more of this V is for Victory campaign flying around the blogosphere. For example, it can be found on one of my favorite bloggers’ sites, Women Like Sports.

The Women’s Sports Foundation is sponsoring/pioneering this campaign – which I completely support. (Hell – anything is something, right?)

Essentially, these are a series of videos dedicated toward getting girls to recognize if their schools are in compliance with Title IX regulations. Which is extremely important. But it can be done better.

I have to be a little bit critical of its transparency and its lack of digital creativity.

1) WSF should have their name all over it – should be completely transparent that this is where these messages are coming from.

2) The URL should not be confusing (which it is). Vis4victory.org. Wow. It’s far easier to just remember womenssportsfoundation.org. Why not create a micro site with its own (non-confusing) URL? Why is that so difficult? I mean, if you’re going to spring the $ for the video, why not spring for a place it can live permanently?

3) The videos (although true) are a bit unrealistic. Sometimes the inequity isn’t as obvious as these videos make them out to be. Case studies and testimonials would work much better. (not sure of legal issues surrounding that)

4) The questions in WSF’s poll are completely directed toward parents. This needs to change. The girls (themselves) should be answering these questions. It makes girls seem like passive watchers instead of active participants.

5) This campaign needs to be interactive (similar to Gonzaga’s inspired season). Why not have the poll in the video? Why not make this a YouTube video? Why doesn’t WSF create a YouTube video channel and hold contests for girls (i.e., best sports moment caught on film)? The possibilities are endless here.

I hope WSF is watching – and paying attention. Their campaigns could go so much further if the right perspectives were brought in.

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I came across this on the PostSecret Myspace blog and thought I’d share it with everyone. It made me laugh.

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For nearly two hours on Saturday, the Williams family rocked the tennis world’s grandest stage as they battled at Wimbledon. Unfortunately for Serena, Venus has the best standing record at the All England Club; her 7-5, 6-4 victory gave her a fifth singles title, leaving Serena with just two.

According to the New York Times, Serena explained to reporters that “there’s nothing to be satisfied about.”

However, it seemed she cheered up later in the night as she and her sister joined forces to win their third women’s doubles title, beating Lisa Raymond of the United States and Samantha Stosur of Australia, 6-2, 6-2.

But for many, the singles match was the highlight of the day. Two sisters with similar background and genetic makeup, battling for one of the most prestigious titles in the sport.

Many tennis enthusiasts say the one thing Venus has that makes her so incredibly hard to beat is her height: she’s 6 feet 1 inches tall (compared to her sister, who stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall), allowing her to cover a lot of ground at the net.

Also, her serves are incredibly fast. In the first game of the second set, Venus hit the fastest serve ever recorded by a woman at Wimbledon, 129 miles per hour.

I think this proves one thing and one thing only: Venus was giving it everything she had, and she came out on top, making history. I think it’s safe to say that Saturday’s match served as another thrilling moment in women’s sports.

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