Asia Mape

Asia grew up playing every sport possible to keep up with her older brothers. She was a gangly, fearless tomboy running the streets of Detroit and then playing pickup games until dark in the suburbs of Washington DC.

In every family video you can see Asia off in the distance dribbling a ball or you can hear it in the background. At first, playing sports was a way to connect with her brothers and earn the respect of the neighborhood kids, eventually it earned her a basketball scholarship and a starting role as a freshman at a small D-1 school, Coastal Carolina College. Once Asia was there, her heart wasn’t in it. She had played travel ball for an AAU team and won a state championship in high school and suddenly, she was burned out.

Asia transferred to the University of Michigan, earned a degree in Communications and found a way to stay connected to sports by working in Sports Television as a producer. Over the past twenty years she has worked for all the major Sports Networks; Fox Sports, ESPN, TNT, NFL Network and NBC Sports. She's been lucky to cover some of the most coveted, high profile sporting events in the world…five Olympics, 4 NBA playoffs, and 2 Super Bowls. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes and was fascinated by their incredible talent, work ethic and the stories behind what drove them and how they became world-class competitors.  

Her kid’s father is a former University of Hawaii Volleyball player who also loves sports. They have three daughters who play some combination of club soccer, basketball, volleyball, and water polo. She schleps her kids to some 7-8 practices a week, have tournaments or games most weekends and try to fit in one or two extra workouts when possible. Most of the time, Asia loves it. Although she does often question if there isn’t a better way.

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