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Children First: Helping Staff Identify and Address Safety Issues
June 09, 2014
On May 22nd The Center for the Study of Sport in Society held “Children First: Helping Staff Identify and Address Safety Issues”, the final panel discussion of this year’s Boston Learning from Boston series. Our panelists included Sport in Society’s Director of Training and Curriculum Jarrod Chin, Executive Director of Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Bryan Van Dorpe, and Teens Lead @ Work Program Coordinator Colleen Armstrong. Read more...
The Final Seminar: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
April 25, 2014
On April 17, 2014 the Center for the Study of Sport in Society hosted the final seminar in their Nonprofit Management seminar series. The topic was “Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations” and was presented by Professor Rick Arrowood, J.D. Professor Arrowood discussed the similarities and differences in managing finances for nonprofits and businesses. He has extensive experience sitting on boards for various organizations, so he offered insight on both smaller and larger scale nonprofit finances with real life examples. Read more...
How Can We Build Community Connections and Workforce Development?
April 02, 2014
On Thursday March 20, 2014 the Center for the Study of Sport in Society hosted a panel discussion on “Community Connections and Workforce Development”. The panel members were Dr. Richard D. O’Bryant from the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern, Anne Greenbaum the Director of Institutional Partnerships at Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, and Jeannine Laing Executive Director of Franklin Park Tennis Association. The panelists were each able to offer a unique perspective on the topic given their diverse backgrounds and work experiences. Read more...
How to Get the Most out of Your Nonprofit Board Members
March 19, 2014
On Thursday March 6th, Northeastern’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society hosted a seminar entitled ‘How to Get the Most out of Your Nonprofit Board Members.’ The presentation included ways to leverage talents of specific board members in order to maximize effectiveness in serving the needs of the organization. Having served on multiple boards, Professor Rick Arrowood, J.D. had a unique perspective and focused his presentation on the legal duties and governance roles of board members, as well as recruitment and retention of board members. Read more...
Sport in Society in the New York Times
February 11, 2014
In a special article for the New York Times Education Life section, Sport in Society's Mentors in Violence Prevention program has been featured for their curriculum and successful work on sexual assault prevention. Read more...
Panel Discussion: How can we increase female participation in sports?
February 03, 2014
How do we get girls to participate in sport-based youth organizations that aren’t just about teaching youth how to play sports, but strive to promote positive youth development through sports? The Center for the Study of Sport in Society has worked extensively to cater to the needs of sport-based youth organizations on a local and national level. One of the challenges that these organizations are facing is the participation and retention of females in sports. On Thursday, January 23rd, Sport in Society hosted their second “Increasing Female Participation in Sport” panel in response to these expressed needs. Read more...
What do Sport Based Youth Development Organizations need to understand about Human Resource Management and Employment Law?
December 17, 2013
This past Thursday, December 12th, Professor Rick Arrowood J.D. delivered a seminar on Human Resource (HR) Management and Employment Law Essentials as a part of our seminar series on Nonprofit Leadership Fundamentals. These 60-minute sessions will be offered specifically to members of the sport-based youth development community in response to expressed needs. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions in real time, with face-to-face contact, in a small classroom setting. Prof. Arrowood shared a refreshing perspective on human resource management and recommended best practices on how to strategically implement HR management in a nonprofit organization. Read more...
Panel Discussion: Increasing Female Participation in Sports
October 31, 2013
On Tuesday, October 15th The Center for the Study of Sport in Society expanded their highly successful panel discussions to the Old Colony YMCA community in Norfolk County. Recognizing the growth of the sport based youth development network in the South Shore, The Center for the Study of Sport in Society brought industry experts Dr. Justine Siegal, Diana Cutaia and Dr. Jen Mead to discuss how to increase female participation in sports. Read more...
Seminar Series: How NonProfits Organize and Operate for Sport-Based Youth Development organizations by Professor Rick Arrowood
October 31, 2013
“Have your organizational structure and policies in place: that’s the lesson for your nonprofit.” – Prof. Rick Arrowood On Thursday October 10, Northeastern’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society hosted a seminar for the Sport-Based Youth Development community on ‘How Nonprofits Organize and Operate.’ The seminar was presented by Dr. Rick Arrowood, JD, faculty member in the Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management programs.Professor Arrowood presented on the specific operational and organizational aspects of a nonprofit organization, the benefits of a nonprofit organization, and left the audience with valuable advice to implement in their own organizational structure. Read more...
Sport in Society’s Premier Panel Discussion a Success
September 24, 2013
Sport in Society hosted the first sport-based youth development forum of the 2013-2014 academic year on September 19th. The forum focused on Building a Positive Culture, and included panelists Max Fripp, Tracey Britton, Becky Nyce, and Amanda Smidt. The panelists addressed representatives from local sport based youth development organizations about why culture is important and how can it be maintained and measured. They also provided concrete examples from their experiences. The panelists stressed the importance of consistency and identity in regards to the values of their organization, recognizing that the culture should permeate throughout the staff and spread to the youth with whom they work. Read more...
Masters in Sports Leadership Alumni Newsletter
September 23, 2013
Interested in a career in the Sports Leaderhip field? Wondering how to be more involved in leadership education? The Masters of Sports Leadership at Northeastern University offers a practice-oriented sports leadership master’s degree, and is structured to accommodate mid-career athletic administrators and coaches, as well as individuals seeking to prepare for careers in the sports industry. Alumni of the program are now professionals working with ESPN, Division 1 universities, and the United States Olympic Committee. To learn more about the program and its students, please read the Fall 2013 Master in Sport Leadership Alumni Newsletter below, or click here to download a copy. Read more...
Justine Siegal at TEDx
July 01, 2013
Sport in Society's Justine Siegal speaks at TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet.
Girls in Baseball Matter: Justine Siegal at TEDxYouth
June 04, 2013
Sport in Society's Director of Sports Partnerships, Justine Siegal, was featured at TEDxGlenAWilsonHigh
WBUR Highlights Double Dutch in Boston Public Schools
May 21, 2013
In 2009 WBUR investigated the Boston Public School’s sports programs, and found leagues that played without equipment, teams that shared uniforms on the sidelines, and alleyways that served as infields. After uncovering the state of BPS sports, the Boston Globe wrote a series that sparked a major overhaul in the city’s programs. Read more...
New Balance Networking for Responsible Leadership Forums
April 26, 2013
On March 26th Sport in Society, with the support of New Balance, held the second Networking for Responsible Leadership Forum at the Northeastern Faculty Club. Members from Boston’s sports-based youth development community joined together to share best practices and learn about new growth in the field. Participants in the luncheon had the opportunity to network with their peers, hear from sport-based youth development expert Diana Cutaia, and express their concerns and questions about the growing future of the industry. Read more...
The 2013 Junior Coaches Leadership Convention
March 15, 2013
Is ending bullying as easy as child’s play? A few weeks ago Sport in Society partnered with Playworks to find out if facilitated recess games and cooperative play can help stop bullying in elementary schools. Read more...
Double Dutch Friendship Tournament 2013
February 28, 2013
On Saturday, February 2nd, Sport in Society, along with the Red Auerbach Youth Foundation and CHAMPS Boston, hosted the first Double Dutch tournament of this year at the Mildred Avenue Community Center. Read more...
Deb Jencunas Joins SIS Staff as Senior Associate Director
January 06, 2013
Sport in Society, a Northeastern University Center, is thrilled to announce that Deb Jencunas has joined the team as Senior Associate Director. With over 30 years of experience working in education, Deb will provide vision, leadership, and direction to all aspects of Sport in Society’s education and outreach programs. Read more...
Sport in Society and MIAA Team Up for Bullying Prevention
November 05, 2012
Joining forces with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), Sport in Society brought together student-athletes and educators from three Massachusetts high schools for the inaugural Bullying Prevention Institute. During the two-day experience over the summer, Sport in Society facilitators provided an interactive training for participants from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional, Assabet Valley Regional Technical, and The English High School of Boston. Read more...
Training With InnerCity Weightlifting
October 30, 2012
Sport in Society worked with InnerCity Weightlifting, a nonprofit that is using the appeal of Olympic Weightlifting to work with former gang-involved youth, to create a diversity and inclusion competency training for staff, volunteers, and board members. This document highlights the process and success of the training through participant feedback. Read more...
Bell Rung Hits a Sobering Chord with Audience
October 25, 2012
On the evening of October 18th, hundreds of people filed into Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University to view – Bell Rung, an eye-opening documentary produced by former Green Bay Packers running back Dorsey Levens on the hardships faced by former NFL players and their families at the hands of concussions and years of repetitive head trauma. Read more...
Red Auerbach Youth Foundation to Benefit from Patriots Ticket Raffle
August 23, 2012
The Red Auerbach Youth Foundation, Sport in Society's partner in the Double Dutch League of Massachusetts, will be the benefactor of the Tyler McLellan Foundation's 4th Annual Patriot’s Ticket Raffle. Read more...
Empowering students to prevent school bullying
May 02, 2012
Sport in Society and the Mass­a­chu­setts Inter­scholastic Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion have teamed up to create an anti-​​bullying lead­er­ship training ini­tia­tive for high-​​school student-​​athletes, coaches, teachers and com­mu­nity members. Three schools will be selected to par­tic­i­pate in the first year of the three-​​year ini­tia­tive, which will include a two-​​day training pro­gram on Aug. 9–10 at the MIAA Con­fer­ence Center in Franklin, Mass. Pro­gram topics will include bul­lying and vio­lence pre­ven­tion, sports­man­ship and diversity. Read more...
2012 Massachusetts Student Athlete Citizenship Ceremony
April 26, 2012
On Tuesday, April 24th, Sport in Society, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, and the National Guard recognized student athletes from around Massachusetts for their achievements in athletics, academics, and the community. Read more...
Baseball and Education: Our Future
March 29, 2012
“She was the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team and played second base. John Green said his daughter wanted to be the first woman to play major league baseball.” - Christina-Taylor Green’s Obituary. Age 9, Victim in the Tucson Shootings. I took off my Christina-Taylor Green “Hope” bracelet and placed it on my closet shelf. I was officially done with my three and half week trip through Spring Training. It was a long haul but I loved it. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to combine my three loves: education, baseball, and helping people. Read more...
Baseball and Education: The Umps!
March 24, 2012
"Getting a big-league job is like hitting the lottery, that's how hard it is.” - Mike Estabrook, MLB Umpire. When we customized our online degree program for minor league players, I knew we had to offer this same program to the minor league umpires. This past week, I went to both Arizona and Florida to present to the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. From the very beginning, PBUC Executive Director Justin Klemm, wanted to help his umpires get their college degree. And I’m glad because I am a big fan of both umpires and education. Read more...
Baseball and Education: A’s are Home
March 22, 2012
“The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.” ― Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. I always feel like I am coming home when I go to the Athletics’ Spring Training site. My second batting practice outing was with the A’s and I had a lot of fun. I was also at the A’s complex several times when I attended MLSB Scout School. So, I was happy to be back and thankful for the chance to talk to their minor leaguers about earning their college degree at Northeastern University. Read more...
Baseball and Education: Padres Lead
March 18, 2012
Fact: Between 1962 to 2000, 66 percent of players who had an education package written into their contract used at least a portion of it. Dressed for the field, with their glove in hand, players sat outside on picnic benches waiting for us to speak. Coaches were lined up in the back. I hoped that they could hear me. Not just my voice but also my message. Read more...
Baseball and Education: Rays Dream
March 15, 2012
“No dreamer is ever too small. No dream is ever too big" - Unknown Author. It was good to be back at the Rays’ facility where I had thrown batting practice at last year’s Spring Training. What a day that was! Having Johnny Damon introduce himself to me; Talking with Manny Ramirez at the water cooler; And having Don Zimmer turn into an old grandfather as he gushed over his granddaughter’s recent softball achievements. The chance for me to come back and share what I was now doing with Sport in Society was very cool for me. Read more...
Baseball and Education: Red Sox Know
March 13, 2012
“ Approximately one in 200, or .44 percent of high school seniors playing interscholastic baseball will eventually be drafted by an MLB team.” - NCAA.org. The night before we spoke to the Red Sox minor leaguers, Nate and I went to the Red Sox/Rays game at jetBlue Park. The stadium was packed and shaped like a miniature Fenway. While I ate my first hot dog of the season, Nate was chatting to a family of Northeastern alumni who by chance were seated right next to us. I looked at the young girl in front of me, chomping on her popcorn, and remembered how much I love going to a baseball game. And how much I enjoy the Dream. Read more...
Baseball and Education: Mets Inspire
March 10, 2012
Fact: The federal graduation rate for baseball players in the 2004 entering class is 48%. - NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report. As we sat outside the Mets’ minor league locker room, not a player went by with out saying hello or shaking Dr. Astro’s hand. He was obviously liked, respected, and trusted. Dr. Richard Astro is the Academic Liaison for the New York Mets and one of the founders of Sport in Society. As a former Dean of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University, Astro was familiar and supportive of our online degree program. But we still met so he could learn more details, such as the online tutoring, athletic mentoring, and the course transfer services we offer players. As the Academic Liaison, he will later convey our information to interested players. Read more...
Educating Ball Players: Pirates Believe
March 09, 2012
“Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t then you are wasting your time on Earth.” - Roberto Clemente, Former Pirates Player, Current Hall of Famer. Nervous and a little lost for words, I went to my heart on what to say next. I looked out at the 160 young minor leaguers knowing they all dreamt of making it to the Show. I didn’t want to be the one to tell them they might not make it. I believe in dreams. Read more...
Educating Ball Players – Spring Training – Day 1
March 08, 2012
Fact: Only 1 out of 14 minor league players will make it to the major leagues; Including those that come for just a “cup of coffee”. Earlier this year, former major leaguer, Shawn Green, tweeted, “Excited to watch the Stanford game…technically I’m still a junior there (I’m on the 30 year plan!)”. For the former All Star, not finishing college is a bit of a joke but for the hundreds of minor leaguers who do not make it the major leagues, the absence of a college degree can severely limit their post-playing opportunities and income. Read more...
SIS Releases 2011 Annual Report
December 07, 2011
It has been an amazing year of mission, message, and growth at Sport in Society. Bolstered by a new strategic and business plan that transformed our entire model, Sport in Society has built upon the foundation of excellence and set a new standard for leadership education, consultation, and community engagement. Read the 2011 Annual Report. Read more...
Branding Entrepreneur and Snowboarding Professor Joins SIS
November 23, 2011
Sport in Society, a Northeastern University Center, is excited to welcome Frank Cutitta to the team. Cutitta, recognized by Folio Magazine as one of the media business' Top 40 Innovators and Influencers, will serve as a Research Fellow focused on the relationship between global branding and content and how these elements relate to building community. Read more...
SIS Hosts Verizon Foundation Domestic Violence Prevention Award Ceremony
October 28, 2011
Sport in Society welcomed the Verizon Foundation's domestic violence prevention grantees to campus in an event that recognized their great work and establish new collaborative avenues for engaging men in redefining the reality of intimate relationships. Read more...
Beanpot Athletes Dialogue About Heterosexism and Sports
October 19, 2011
On October 17th, Sport in Society and Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies co-hosted GForce Sports as they presented their “Invisible Athlete” forum. GForce is an organization that is breaking down negative stereotypes about gay athletes through competitive play and educational outreach. Read more...
Joining the Cult of Tampa Bay Rays’ Joe Maddon
October 19, 2011
Sport in Society's own Justine Siegal wrote for the Washington Post on her experience with Tampa Bay Rays' Joe Maddon, and the positive consequences of his brand of leadership. Read more...
Sport and Social justice Pioneer John Carlos Educates and Inspires NU Campus
October 17, 2011
On October 14th, Sport in Society and Haymarket Books co-hosted An Evening with John Carlos, whose defiant gesture with Tommie Smith on the podium at the 1968 Olympics is an enduring symbol that speaks to the powerful platform of sports and athletes in changing the world. Carlos spoke about his experiences and signed copies of his autobiography, The John Carlos Story. Read more...
Sport and Social Justice Pioneer, John Carlos, Educates and Inspires NU campus
October 17, 2011
Boston, MA – On October 14th, Sport in Society and Haymarket Books co-hosted An Evening with John Carlos, whose defiant gesture with Tommie Smith on the podium at the 1968 Olympics is an enduring symbol that speaks to the powerful platform of sports and athletes in changing the world. Carlos spoke about his experiences and signed copies of his autobiography, The John Carlos Story. Read more...
10 Things Coaches Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence
August 29, 2011
An open letter to high school coaches explaining what they can do to prevent gender violence amongst high school student athletes. Read more...
Dave Zirin Selected for Sports Journalism Award
August 18, 2011
Sport in Society and the Northeastern University School of Journalism have selected Dave Zirin as the winner of this year’s Excellence in Sports Journalism in Print/Online Media. The award recognizes Zirin’s commitment to delineating the connection between politics and sports, his unwavering voice, and his oftentimes controversial stances. Zirin’s writing sparks innovative thinking regarding sports and politics and makes him a voice for all athletes. Read more...
Excellence in Sports Journalism Winner Announced
August 16, 2011
Boston, MA – Sport in Society and the Northeastern University School of Journalism are proud to announce that Ron Thomas will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism Read more...
Celtics to Youth: Stay in School
June 03, 2011
Boston, MA - On May 26th, The Boston Celtics honored more than 700 Boston Public Middle School students at the 20th annual “Stay in School” end-of-year celebration at Northeastern University’s Matthew’s Arena. They were recognized for perfect school attendance and outstanding achievement in writing and the arts. Read more...
Boston Coaches Academy 300: Community Development
May 24, 2011
Boston, MA -- On May 17th, Sport in Society generated lively discussion with Boston Public School coaches around the powerful potential of connecting high school athletic teams and the community in support of each other. Selected to facilitate this course by the Red and Blue Foundation’s Boston Scholar Athlete Program, Sport in Society designed a session to cultivate the concept of “TEAM” on and off the playing fields. Read more...
Red Auerbach Invitational Double Dutch Tournament
April 12, 2011
Boston, MA - On Saturday, April 7, Sport in Society and the Red Auerbach Youth Foundation held the 16th Annual Invitational Double Dutch tournament at Northeastern University with over 200 jumpers competing. Read more...
Empowering Student Athletes to Combat Bullying
March 29, 2011
Franklin, MA - On March 23-24, a team of over 30 student athlete ambassadors from across Massachusetts gathered at the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) headquarters to collectively take on the problem of bullying in their schools and communities with help and guidance from Sport in Society Read more...
NFL Partnering With Sport in Society
November 16, 2010
Boston, MA - In an effort to ensure professional, inclusive working environments for its teams and personnel, the National Football League is partnering with Northeastern’s Sport in Society to develop and implement a league-wide workplace-conduct program. Sport in Society is the world’s foremost authority in providing professional development and consulting for organizations that use sport as a tool to promote social responsibility. Read more...
Sport in Society’s Co-ops Get Hands-On in the Community
November 01, 2010
This January, Sport in Society has employed five Co-op students to work in the community through a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston. The YMCA's position in the community and its commitment to Sport in Society values of sports, leadership, inclusion, peace, and health, made the partnership an ideal fit. Read more...
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