I hope I made you proud

To me, at the age of 10 years old, he was a cowboy, farmer and a man who could fix anything that was broken.  Little did I know he was dedicated to fixing a system of educational discrimination in a small town in rural Texas.  Roger W. Lee was my paternal grandfather.   Born September 9,…
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Fighting Human Trafficking during the Racial Reckoning

August was another unprecedented month in the timeline of sports this year. The NBA protest which followed in the footsteps of the Milwaukee Bucks’ refusal to play their scheduled game in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in their home state, has once again drawn worldwide attention to the ongoing racial injustices which plague…
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What Does Leadership Look Like

When asked the question, “How do you define a leader,” most of us will quickly respond… vision, influence, communication, positivity, creativity etc., etc., etc.  But, when asked the question, “What does a leader LOOK like,” the response is sometimes slower.  Some will say well, there is no special look, it’s about the skills, it’s about the…
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The state of human trafficking and sports

Our biggest sports events have joy and compelling stories but also have a dark side, as they are major targets for potential human trafficking threats. The U.N.-backed International Labour Organization estimates that there are more than 40 million current victims of the various forms of human trafficking globally. For perspective, in the 240-year history of…
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CALL ON YOURSELF! A Day Without a Woman – March 8, 2017

March 8th is International Women’s Day. It’s a day where women and allies around the world, reflect on progress made, and celebrate acts of courage, determination and persistence by women all around the world. Women who are making a difference in their communities, cities, states or provinces, and their countries. It also a day to…
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Human Trafficking Awareness Grows in February

Since President Obama declared the month of January to be National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, there have been over 370 human trafficking arrests made. Just as this form of modern-day slavery continues to grow, so does the number of individuals associated with trafficking crimes during major sporting events. Many believe that this on-going epidemic gravitates…
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FBS Graduation Rates

Richard Lapchick, director of The Institute for Diversity Ethics in Sport and the primary author of the study, said, “The academic success of FBS football student-athletes continued to grow this year. The overall football student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for bowl-bound teams improved from 68 percent to 69 percent.” Read the full report here.

NCAA D1 Racial and Gender Report Card

The key leadership positions at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools and conferences remain overwhelmingly white and male showing mixed progress across positions according to a new study released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida. This year’s report showed a decline in the percentage of women…
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2012 Major League Soccer Racial and Gender Report Card Released

The grades for Major League Soccer(MLS) increased for both racial and gender hiring practices in the 2012 MLS Racial and Gender Report Card (MLS RGRC). The MLS RGRC was issued by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida. MLS earned a B+/A- grade on its racial hiring…
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NFL Racial and Gender Report Card

The National Football League achieved its third consecutive A grade on racial hiring practices and its first C+ on gender hiring practices in the 2012 NFL Racial and Gender Report Card, released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). This gave the NFL a combined…
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