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The DeFrantz credo: 'Yes, you can!'

Date of Release: March 17, 2009 (Special to ESPN.com) by Richard Lapchick I have known and been friends with Anita DeFrantz for three decades, since she was a vice president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Summer Games. She is one of sports’ true pioneers, both for her marvelous athletic career…
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2009 APR and GSR Study of Women's NCAA Tournament-bound Teams

Date of Release: March 17, 2009 (Press Release) The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida released its annual study, “Keeping Score When It Counts: Graduation Rates for 2009 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Teams,” which compares graduation success rates for Division I teams that…
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2009 APR and GSR Study of Men's NCAA Tournament-bound Teams

Date of Release: March 16, 2009 (Press Release) The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida released its annual study, “Keeping Score When It Counts: Graduation Rates and Academic Progress Rates (APR) for 2009 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Teams” which is the most comprehensive analysis to…
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Jackie Robinson Museum deserves support of America’s sports

Date of Release: March 9, 2009 (Sports Business Journal) by Richard Lapchick America needs the Jackie Robinson Museum now. It is that simple. As the Major League Baseball opener draws closer amid the crunch of the economy, we see cutbacks all across the nation. Jobs are being cut, businesses are closing, homes are being emptied…
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Lilian Thuram's off-the-pitch courage

Date of Release: February 27, 2009 (Special to ESPN.com) by Richard Lapchick If you are a soccer fan, you know that Pele called Lilian Thuram one of the 125 greatest soccer players of all time. Thuram, who turned 37 this January, led the 1998 French team to the World Cup and appeared in 16 European…
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2008 College Sport Racial and Gender Report Card

Date of Release: February 19, 2009 (Press Release) College sport received a C+ for race and a B for gender giving it a combined C+ overall. That compared to the 2006-07 Racial and Gender Report Card when college sport earned a B- for race and B+ for gender. The 2008 Report Card marked the first…
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Rens' Isaacs a World Champion

Date of Release: February 18, 2009 (Special to ESPN.com) by Richard Lapchick A circle closed in the history of basketball in America when John “Wonder Boy” Isaacs passed away on Jan. 26. Isaacs, 93, was the last living player for the Harlem Renaissance, the great all-black team in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. More…