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Women are still excluded in sport

Historically, women have been shut out of many professions and sport is no different. “In many ways, sport remains one of the final frontiers where women are excluded, not because of interest, not because of ability, but simply because they are women.” Listen as ISSJ Executive Director, Delise O’Meally, speaks about the lack of opportunities…
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This year, Mother’s Day falls on June 10th…

No, not the second Sunday in May that has come to represent an interesting mix of sentimentalism and commercialism, with just the right dose of “call your mother” guilt, but rather, the day that working mothers finally catch up with working fathers, as it relates to the gender pay gap. Equal Pay Day raises awareness…
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Pain

Josh Meyer Saint Michael’s College Men’s Basketball “We are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea.” Thich Nhat Hanh I glanced up from the huddle and there was an ocean of pain in the eyes of my partner. It was a look that I was familiar with, but…
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SPORT FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT YOUTH CAMP

The ISSJ “Sport for Social Development Youth Camp” was created to serve under-resourced middle school students in Central Florida. This camp offers workshops on important life skills, critical decision making and bullying.  Various professionals around the community come speak to the campers about their educational and career paths. Finally, all campers receive sports instruction in…
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Giant Steps Awards Finalist

Giant Steps Awards are given in conjunction with National STUDENT-Athlete Day (NSAD). While we honors thousands of student-athletes for their outstanding achievements nationwide, we also recognize individuals from the world of sport on a national level. Each year, Giant Steps Awards are given to a diverse group of individuals who have shown courage, heroism, triumph in…
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National STUDENT-Athlete Day

On April 6, National STUDENT-Athlete Day (NSAD), we celebrate the outstanding achievements of student-athletes, and sport as a whole. Since the Institute For Sport & Social Justice (formerly the National Consortium for Academics & Sports) created NSAD in 1987, we have honored over 4.4 million high school and college student-athletes who have earned a 3.0…
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TEAMWork Leadership Institute

TEAMWork Leadership Institute (TLI) was developed over 20 years ago to address the diversity and inclusion concerns that coaches, athletes, and sports organizations were experiencing across the country.  The same concerns and lesson that were prevalent 20+ years ago are still relevant today. TLI will enhance the skills of coaches working with a diverse student-athlete…
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Invisible Women In Sport

DREAM CRUSHER by Garnett L. Overby III In the early 1990’s, I was fortunate enough to be offered an athletic scholarship to attend a predominately white institution (PWI). This was the first time I had ever heard of a PWI, I was just excited to realize my dream of becoming a Division-I collegiate athlete. It…
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National STUDENT-Athlete Day & Giant Steps Awards

National STUDENT-Athlete Day was created to celebrate the outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes. Those student-athletes who are honored  have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA and have been involved in community service. While the celebration is held annually on April 6th, events take place throughout the entire month. Official National STUDENT-Athlete Giant…
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BLACK HISTORY – 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars

1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars – Barrier Breakers “The most significant amateur in baseball history.” – Creighton Hale, former president, Little League Baseball The story began in the heart of the American South. The U.S. Supreme Court already had ruled (in 1954) that segregated schools were unconstitutional. South Carolina was among some of the southern…
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