In sports recruiting, how young is too young?

Real Madrid has signed a 7-​​year-​​old soccer player from Argentina, who will begin training with the Spanish club’s youth squad in Sep­tember. We asked Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of Sport in Society, to explain how par­ents, coaches and pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tions can best safe­guard the social and psy­cho­log­ical devel­op­ment of a sports prodigy.

3Qs: Despite World Cup loss, women’s club a “great team”

On Sunday, the U.S. women’s soccer team suf­fered a dev­as­tating loss to Japan in the FIFA World Cup final. We asked Veronica Napoli, a senior for­ward for the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity women’s soccer team, to ana­lyze the sig­nif­i­cance of the loss and ponder her past, present and future on the field.

3Qs: ‘A discussion that cannot be muted’

Last week, Phoenix Suns Pres­i­dent Rick Welts revealed that he is gay. We asked Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of Sport in Society, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity research center, to explain the dearth of openly gay male ath­letes in pro­fes­sional sports.