Joyce Anderson of Honest Game: “When humanity struggles, we develop grit and compassion for others”

An Interview With Phil La Duke

Phil La Duke
Authority Magazine
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12 min readMay 25, 2020

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Two words: grit and compassion. When humanity struggles, we develop grit and compassion for others. I’m confident we will come out stronger from COVID-19. We may have to take three steps back but eventually; we will take one giant step towards progress. On 9/11, I was a college student at Columbia in New York. It was a horrific day for everyone across America, and for those living in NYC, the events hit very close to home — literally and figuratively. Despite the terrible events, Americans came together to lift each other up. It was emotional and inspiring. I believe we will have this same uplifting time after we defeat COVID-19 but it is going to be on a global scale, rather than just a national one.

I had the pleasure to interview Joyce Anderson, Co-Founder of Honest Game. Honest Game, a public benefit corporation, is an edtech / sports tech tool that helps student-athletes keep track of their eligibility to participate in college athletics. The Chicago-area startup was founded by two women, Kim Michelson and Joyce Anderson, both of whom have deep experience with the US college athletics admissions process. Anderson is the college-bound student-athlete advisor at Evanston Township High School, a public high school of more than 3,500 students in Evanston, Ill., just north of Chicago. She is also president of the board of directors for Girls Play Sports, a nonprofit that supports girls’ leadership by way of sports participation, and is on the NCAA Eligibility Center High School Advisory Board. Her co-founder Michelson in 1987 became California’s first female student to compete on male varsity teams, basketball, and baseball. More recently, she served as executive director of the Beyond Sports Foundation, a Highland

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Phil La Duke
Authority Magazine

Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business”, “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention”, and “Blood on my hands