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Jill Costello, University Of California

Jill Costello had one of the most remarkable careers of any student athlete, captaining the Cal women's crew team while fighting and raising money to fight lung cancer all at once.

Powerful SI Article on Jill Costello, our departed Cal Women's Crew Golden Coxswain "Happen upon a...

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Powerful SI Article on Jill Costello, our departed Cal Women's Crew Golden Coxswain "Happen upon a race, and your eyes will be drawn to the powerful women in the bow of each boat, the ones with backs like oak doors who tear great gashes in the water, pushing and pulling and exhaling clouds of carbon dioxide until their chests are aflame and their temples thump. For a moment, though, it’s worth shifting your gaze to the stern, to the wispy figure of the coxswain. She’ll be the only woman facing forward, the only one without an oar. Indeed, she’ll barely even move, instead just sitting there … talking. If you are unfamiliar with the sport, you might wonder about this small woman’s purpose, wonder if she can even be considered an athlete. After all, how can you be an athlete when all you do is talk? What difference can a woman like that make, anyway? You’d be amazed." On this Thanksgiving weekend, you owe it to yourself to read this beautiful feature by Chris Ballard. Reminds us how thankful we should all be to know someone as amazing as Jill, and that we can be thankful to honor her memory and keep on the fight against the disease that claimed her. Our story on Jill Costello after her passing, and click here to donate to the fight against lung cancer. Go Bears.

California vs. Colorado Postgame Thread

Cal fans, how do you think we performed against the Colorado Buffaloes? Also don't forget to donate to fight lung cancer with Team Jill!

California vs. Colorado Fourth Quarter Thread

Follow fourth quarter action between the California Golden Bears and the Colorado Buffaloes. Also, learn how to fight lung cancer by joining Team Jill!

California vs. Colorado Third Quarter Thread

Follow the Golden Bears as they take on the Colorado Buffaloes in the third quarter. Also, donate to the fights against lung and pancreatic cancer!

California vs. Colorado Second Quarter Thread

Follow second quarter action between the California Golden Bears and the Colorado Buffaloes. Also, learn how to fight lung cancer by joining Team Jill!

Don't Forget To Jog For Jill On Sunday And Fight Lung Cancer

Don't Forget To Jog For Jill Costello On Sunday! Fight lung cancer and let your friends, family and co-workers know about how they can donate and contribute to battling this disease.

Truly Golden: RIP Coxswain Jill Costello (1987-2010)

Jill Costello, Cal women's crew coxswain and Pac-10 rower of the year, passed away after a year-long battle with deadly stage IV lung cancer. She was 22. Honor her memory Golden Bears.

Cal Honors Its 2009-10 Golden Student-Athletes

The California Golden Bears honor their 2009-2010 Golden Student Athletes for their academic and. Prominent names include Theo Robertson, Jerome Randle, Lauren Grief & Hana Cutura.

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