Azerbaijan is a country with a growing Olympic movement but a traditional culture that does not yet see sports as a valuable enterprise for girls. There are some who would like to see that change as the nation builds facilities capable of hosting world-class events in Baku, and regional Olympic centers in smaller towns to bring those sports to the population.
Some clearly are not ready for change, but I listened to many women discuss bringing opportunities to young girls in a way that respects culture.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.