After 15+ years in sports broadcasting, it was time for a change. Even though the change wasn’t by my design, it was still very much needed.
As a successful two-sport athlete growing up in Arkansas, pursuing this career made perfect sense because of my deep knowledge and true passion for all sports. But with golf, I had credibility. For that reason alone, it felt like I had landed the “dream job” when I joined Golf Channel in 2014.
Golf has been a part of my life as long as I can remember with a resume I’m sure helped get me the job in the first place. I won my first of four Arkansas Women’s State Championships at the age of 14 — still the youngest in state history – and was a two-time AJGA first team All-American. But perhaps what I’m most proud of is being the first scholarship player in program history of the University of Arkansas women’s golf team.
Unfortunately, the latter is also linked to the biggest disappointment of my professional career. But that disappointment will never overshadow the great memories. Being able to do an instructional series with my childhood hero, Nancy Lopez, then getting a text message from her the next day is an experience I’ll never forget. Getting to cover the LPGA Tour was, without a doubt, the highlight of my time at Golf Channel. As someone who grew up dreaming of playing professional golf, it was the next best thing to being out there.
Soon after making my story public on January 1, 2021, as detailed in this Washington Post article, upwards of 30 women reached out to me privately about their own encounters mistreatment. Unfortunately, most of these women have been unable to speak on their own because of Non-Disclosure Agreements they signed after losing their jobs. Others are afraid that voicing their struggles will blackball them in the industry moving forward. Either way, it’s both heartbreaking and infuriating.
That’s when the idea of ‘Like It Is’ was born. My story is one in a million that needs to be told, and we plan to tell as many of them as we can. We want to give people a voice and let those who are afraid of speaking up know they aren’t alone.
The ongoing issues of inequality around the globe and the mental health crisis among athletes are two topics I’m extremely passionate about and they need to be discussed more.
I hope you’ll join us in this journey as we do everything we can to make a difference.