With the Cavaliers poised for their first Final Four appearance since 1984, Carla Williams is proving to be one of the country’s best ADs. In The Shadow League’s latest series, The Climb, we highlight remarkable individuals on the business side of the games we love who are just as important as the athletes who play them. Today’s feature shines a light on University of Virginia Athletic Director Carla Williams. *** Growing up in the foothills of the Georgia Piedmont in the town of LaGrange, Carla Williams was immersed in sports for as long as she can remember. Whatever sport was...Read More
Alejandro "Ali" Danois
Alejandro "Ali" Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League and a Producer with Shadow League Films. He is also a contributor with Bleacher Report's Special Projects Division. The former Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine, he is also Freelance Sports and Entertainment Writer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Sporting News, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, SLAMonline and Ebony Magazine, among many others.
His Shadow League feature story, "Humble Beginnings", was mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology as among the country's most notable stories of 2014. Follow him on twitter @alidanois He is currently at work on his first book, which is scheduled to be released in September of 2016. He is also serving as a Producer on an upcoming sports documentary for ESPN's 30 For 30 piece.
A product of New York City public schools, Ali earned a scholarship for talented inner city minority students to attend Milton Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts before attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
His first book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, drops in September of 2016
Sports is much more than the final score, they inform us as to who we are as a society from many distinct vantage points: from commerce, law, entertainment, crime, race, class, inclusiveness and competition. This page will celebrate the unique beauty of the games we love, but will also delve deeper into the greater meaning, telling stories that really matter, about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things through the prism of sport, and the various ancillary elements that reach into every inch of the American fabric.
Articles by Alejandro "Ali" Danois
One of the world’s best players, Trevor Baptiste didn’t have a single D-I scholarship offer heading into his senior year of high school. The remarkable story of Trevor Baptiste (known in elite lacrosse circles as “The Beast”) becoming one of the world’s best and most dominant athletes almost ended in the exact place where it started back when he was around three years old. Baptiste was attending a friend’s birthday party at a community swimming pool in New Jersey and enjoying every minute of it. With a life vest adorning his chest and floaties tightly hugging his arms, he...Read More
There will be plenty more student-athletes like Silvio De Sousa who will be unfairly punished thanks to actions of the adults around them. The Kansas Jayhawks, owners of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles, lost to Kansas State, 74-67, on Tuesday night. But the Kansas player who lost the most wasn’t even in uniform. He’s been forced to sit on the sideline and watch helplessly all season as the NCAA proves once again, despite their glowing commercials that say otherwise, that they could care less about some of their student-athletes. Jayhawks sophomore Silvio De Sousa’s college career was effectively ended...Read More
Jalen Hurts could not have picked a better situation to transfer into than finishing off his accomplished college football career with the Oklahoma Sooners. Prior to Tua Tagovailoa captivating the college football world in the second half of last year’s 26-23 national championship win against Georgia, which he capped off in spectacular fashion by tossing the game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime and finishing with 166 passing yards, three scoring strikes and game MVP honors, Jalen Hurts was the big man on Alabama’s campus. In 28 games, Hurts’ record as a starter was 26-2. During his two seasons as the starting quarterback, he won...Read More
Football is just a game, but Josh Gordon’s daily struggle is one of life and death. “If you ever come looking for me, you know where I’m bound to be, in the bottle. Turn around, look around on any corner, if you see some brother looking like a goner, it’s gonna be me…” – Gil Scott-Heron, The Bottle. When Gil Scott-Heron’s classic cut, The Bottle, is pumped over a booming system, it’s easy to get lost in the incredible musicianship and elements that make your body vibrate. It takes some moments of reflection to become fully immersed in the lyricism...Read More