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Emily O'Donnell, left, and Emelie Curtis, center, teammates on the Duquesne University lacrosse team, finish a lacrosse clinic in Pittsburgh. Credit... Jared Wickerham, The New York Times

Dec. 9, 2021

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PITTSBURGH -- Dean and Traci Curtis could have been banished from their Ohio State University teams in the early 1990s had they done what their 19-year-old daughter pulled off one Saturday last month.

Emelie Curtis taught a lacrosse clinic for pay -- with her status as an athlete at Duquesne University no secret, but instead the selling point for her customers. After two hours of coaching, she came away with about $475.