Spring 2008 Issue

A True 'Champion'

Barry women’s soccer player and senior psychology major Maya Ozery, is the cover girl on the very first issue of the NCAA’s feature magazine, Champion.

Ozery was featured on the magazine's cover for her efforts to gain equal opportunities for women’s athletics in her native Israel.

“It’s an honor to be chosen to represent Barry University and women’s athletics like this,” Ozery said, “but the process was a little strange. We went out at 5 a.m. and they posed me all over the beach taking pictures. At one point, I was standing in the water up to my knees.”

Ozery's efforts included leading a group of women’s soccer players who lobbied the Knesset, Israel's parliament, on behalf of all female athletes. The group eventually won an 8 million shekel award for the development of women’s sports in Israel.

“I felt like there was no reason for the sport (soccer) not to develop and get more attention, more sponsorships and be a part of the sports landscape in Israel,” Ozery said. “This was not about us, but about girls who are going to start playing when they are seven or eight. My generation isn’t going to benefit from this fight, but it’s definitely for the future of women’s athletics.”

Champion magazine is the NCAA's new printed communication piece – a quarterly magazine about the important issues facing intercollegiate athletics while also promoting the thousands of quality people who support college sports each day.