Founded by Dr. Richard Lapchick, in 1985 as the National Consortium for Academics & Sports (NCAS) and later renamed in 2018 as the Institute For Sport & Social Justice (ISSJ).  The primary goal of the NCAS, at the time, was to create a first of its kind, a Degree Completion Program (DCP) for former student-athletes in conjunction with a community service program.  As a result of Dr. Lapchick’s passion for sport and social justice, the ISSJ has made substantial contributions to the sport industry:

  • Creator – National STUDENT-Athlete Day (1987), annually celebrated on April 6
  • Creator – TEAMWORK Leadership Institute (TLI – diversity and inclusion training program, 1985 – 2020)
  • Creator – Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP – gender violence prevention training program, 1987 – 2018)
  • Creator – Huddle Up (brought TLI and MVP under one umbrella)
  • Recipient – Peter F. Drucker Foundation Award
  • Recognition – MVP named “most innovative gender violence prevention program” by the Clinton Administration
  • Annually host the Giant Steps Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  • Creator – Hope For Stanley Alliance, assist Hurricane Katrina survivors rebuild their homes in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • For over 35 years, the Institute For Sport & Social Justice, formerly the National Consortium for Academics & Sports, has been the most cutting edge organization that is using the power and appeal of sport to positively impact social change in society.