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Orioles' Calvin Hill looks to education to...


Orioles' Calvin Hill looks to education to provide an equal 0) playing field

Never let it be said that Calvin Hill doesn't appreciate a good game.

After all, he played for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns, works for the Orioles and roots for the Duke Blue Devils.

But it's his current position as the Orioles' vice president of administrative personnel that has special meaning for the Baltimore native.

"The first team I ever rooted for was the Baltimore Orioles," he says. "Though I played sports myself, when I see people like Brooks and Frank I'm like a wide-eyed kid again."

He credits his parents with helping him maintain a level head in the ego-inflated world of pro sports.

"I had a father who did not have a lot of education, but he preached to me that in spite of my color, the one thing that could help me create an equal playing field was education," says Mr. Hill, 45, who lives in Virginia.

The Yale grad now passes that word along by being involved in literacy programs and drug-abuse prevention.

On those rare moments when he relaxes, one place you'll never find him is on the basketball court with his son, Grant, a 6-foot-8 basketball player for Duke University in North Carolina.

"I stopped doing that after he turned 14," he says. "It was important in terms of preserving my athletic ego." Sister Joanne Hanrahan believes there's one vital reason why the College of Notre Dame's new Women's Institute is necessary:

"The basic issues that concern women's lives are not advancing. . . . Women do not have access to the power structure."

So the college has created its own smaller structure, an educational resource focusing on issues including career, family and spirituality. By sponsoring workshops and seminars, she believes, the institute will help women succeed in their professional and personal lives.

So far, it already has taught at least one woman -- Sister Hanrahan -- about herself.

"I've learned that I would like to move ahead faster. I need to be more patient with myself in my job. And I probably face more of my limits than I'd like," says the 48-year-old director.

Part of the challenge for the self-described idealist has been establishing the institute in a city that's completely new to her. The St. Louis native moved here last year after having worked with a similar program in Missouri.

But perhaps what's best prepared her for the task ahead was doctoral research she did years ago on women in the 19th century.

"I had to find out," she says, "when women became totally responsible for everything."

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