SIS Releases 2011 Annual Report

December 07, 2011

Sport in Society has released its FY 2011 Annual Report. Read Executive Director Dan Lebowitz’s reflection below, and view the report here.

Dear Friends,

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.

In FY 2011 our successes included delivering a full scale workplace conduct training to the NFL, designing and implementing a capacity building project with the YMCA, facilitating gender violence curriculum at the World Cup, developing logic model-based solutions for a number of Boston impact programs, and engaging in conversation with the global sports industry around accessible degree completion and professional development opportunities for athletes and administrators. Even with all these successes, we remain committed to thoughtful growth that leads to real and sustainable social impact. It is in this vein that we have moved within the Northeastern structure to the College of Professional Studies.

We have joined forces with the College of Professional Studies (CPS) to create Northeastern University’s unique industry-focused Center serving the fast growing, untapped and highly influential sports industry with the highest quality educational and social impact solutions available to this market. By leveraging the distinct portfolios, relationships and brand recognition of CPS and SIS, as well as the collective history of world class programming, this collaboration will conceive, shape, and deliver solutions that are innovative, sustainable, and comprehensive.

CPS is an educational leader with a proven history of offering technologically enhanced professional degree programs to a diverse spectrum of motivated learners locally, nationally, and worldwide. Sport in Society brings 27 years of unparalleled expertise in applying theoretical and applied principles of sports leadership to empower individuals and organizations with the awareness, knowledge, and skills to become successful, values-based leaders able to influence change within their organizations and communities.

The relationship between CPS and SIS is certainly not new; rather, it is built upon years of successful collaboration at both the academic and non-academic levels. For the first time, however, we are entering into a thoroughly intentional collaboration. Through a strategic cross-functional process of research and development, we will be better positioned to create thoughtful, customizable, scalable solutions rooted in academics, action-based research, and values-based learning and aligned with Northeastern University’s educational mission and Sport in Society’s social impact goals.

As you read through our activities and impacts over the past year, I ask you to think about the unique nature of Sport in Society and our partner-specific approach. What you won’t find is pages full of numbers and charts. What you will find instead are rich stories of partnership, problem solving, leadership development, and change. I want to thank you all for your unending commitment to social justice through sport. It is a journey of common cause that will pay dividends for generations to come and we are excited to play such an integral role in the movement.

With Gratitude,


Dan Lebowitz, Executive Director

Sport in Society, a Northeastern University Center