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For over 30 years, The Center for the Study of Sport in Society has used the influence and appeal of sport to create positive social change.


Over the course of our history, we have connected the world of sport with social-justice-driven research, education, and advocacy through programming and global community engagement.

The Center has historically aimed to transform the culture of sports from competition to inclusion and to promote a paradigm shift that sports are more than just the scoreboard.

Due to its central place in society, the visibility and stature of athletes, and the extent to which its worldwide audience cuts across gender, race, and socioeconomic lines, sport can bridge cultural gaps, resolve conflict, and educate people in a way that few other activities can.

Quick Facts

  • Sport in Society was founded in 1984 by visionary and social justice pioneer Richard Lapchick.
  • As one of its first projects to reform high school and college sports, in 1985 the Center for the Study of Sport in Society established the National Consortium for Academics and Sports to advocate for a balance between academics and athletics. Most namely it established the Degree Completion Program.
  • The first major program developed by the Center for the Study of Sport in Society was a diversity awareness program called Project Teamwork (PTW), which was established in 1990.
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) was established in 1993 as a gender violence prevention and education program.

Join Us

If you’re interested in joining a community of professionals who love sport and social justice, check out these ways to join our team.

  • Internship Opportunities

    Our Internship Program allows students and individuals from any academic discipline the ability to gain hands-on experience working on Center projects. We welcome both undergraduate and graduate students, as well adults who have an interest in sport, social justice, education, and healthy development to apply for the internship program.

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  • Trainer Opportunities

    Depending on areas of expertise, Training Consultants will plan, deliver and debrief high quality trainings to a wide range of service populations including: high school students, school administrators, teachers and parents in our signature programs.

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