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Sport-for-Development: The Necessary Attributes

I have invoked the image of a kid in an open space on more than one occasion on this blog. When thinking about what it is that sports can offer a child that seems the most obvious starting point: a child, a ball, and space. That very image is the starting point of all that […]

History Meets History: The Syracuse 8

The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University and the Museum of African American History present a night with the Syracuse 8

To Encourage or Corrupt

Sports are a tool. They can be used to produce great people or great athletes; they can be used to reveal one’s true character or conceal one’s shortcomings; they can be used to celebrate similarities or pronounce differences. Sport-for-development (S4D) seeks to do the former in each above-noted relationship. It is not a given, however, […]

Program Design: From Formality to Facilitation to Freedom

I am not an expert in educational pedagogy and teaching methods. One year of teaching English to South Korean middle school boys leaves me woefully unqualified to address the intricacies of education. That said, while in the classroom, I came across an approach that has informed much of my professional work with children since: Known […]

Casey Affleck and Sexual Harassment

Sometimes I believe despite our best intentions, it can be difficult to describe the processes and impacts of sexual harassment effectively. Recently stories have come out about the ways in which Casey Affleck harassed two women who worked on his production of a mockumentary about his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix’s “rap career.” I have been using […]

United: the Idealist’s Beautiful Game

When I walk home from work each day, I pass through a few neighborhoods—rapidly gentrifying Salt River, affluent and predominantly white University Estate, and seemingly middle class coloured Walmer Estates. Each has a very distinct feeling. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the neighborhoods are divided primarily by race. As I’ve mentioned before, the […]

More Than Just The Game

The Purpose and Power of Sport Everything important that I’ve learned about life, I learned on the soccer field before I was 16 years old. It’s a bold, attractive, and perhaps provocative statement. Ask any poetry-prone and perhaps overly dramatic athlete and they’ll tell you about how their sport reflects the best and worst of […]

Heroes of the Gridiron

In the late 1960s and in early 1970, nine Syracuse football players, later known as the Syracuse 8, a sign of structured and institutional racism in and of itself, took a stand against racial inequality. They outlined a list of injustices, protested openly in their community, and boycotted the 1970 spring practices in an attempt to achieve the following: (1) better […]

The World’s Game, Tailor-Made

I was thirteen, had just moved to the US from Quebec, Canada, and was beginning to develop my own opinions about the world around me. I was also beginning to realize that as the less-academically-inclined or outgoing half of a pair of identical twins, I’d need to edge out my own unique identity through something […]

Sexual Violence in College Sports

Sexual violence in college sports is starting to catch more and more attention in the media. This summer, we were outraged when we found out about Brock Turner, a former student-athlete at Stanford, was only sentenced to 6 months in prison for raping a woman behind a dumpster. Before that, we were all shocked to […]