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An Increasing Number of LGBTQ Coaches Are Publicly Out, But the Work for Inclusion Continues
Over the past few years, it has become more and more common for lesbian and gay coaches to include the names of spouses and partners in their bios. Dr. Pat Griffin, professor emerita of education at University of Massachusetts Amherst and longtime advocate for equality in sports, describes it as a sea change, noting that today’s athletes and coaches are coming out into a much more supportive environment than existed 20 years ago.
June 7, 2021
Oklahoma Republican Legislators Emboldened in Anti-Transgender Sports Efforts After NCAA Seems to Give Ground
Weeks after the NCAA issued an April statement that seemed to threaten to pull championships from states with anti-transgender bills, the college sports organization awarded regional softball championships to three states that had passed bans targeting transgender children in sports, emboldening Oklahoma Republicans in their legislative efforts, The Washington Post reported. The annual NCAA softball […]
June 4, 2021
NCAA Inclusion Forum Tackles Issues of Systemic Racism
One year after the murder of George Floyd, speakers at this year’s NCAA Inclusion Forum discussed systemic racism and how best to address it.
June 3, 2021
Morehouse College to Receive $1 Million from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand to Support Journalism and Sports-Related Studies
Morehouse College will receive $1 million from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand, as part of the Black Community Commitment. The money will help fund scholarships, tech and educational programming for students in journalism and sports-related fields of study. The Black Community Commitment is an initiative by Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand to fight against systemic […]
May 28, 2021
Women in Sports Leadership: A Q&A with the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director at Chicago State University
Hear from Jessica Poole, who will become the first African American female to lead the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
May 24, 2021
Nina King Promoted to Duke University Athletic Director
Nina King has been appointed Duke University’s athletic director, a promotion from her current role as senior deputy director of athletics, ESPN reported. She will be Duke’s first woman athletic director and the third Black woman to lead a Power 5 athletic department. King has been Duke’s chief operating officer, chaired the Division I women’s […]
May 20, 2021
University of Hartford to Drop Sports Teams to Division III
University of Hartford is dropping its sports teams from Division I to Division III, Associate Press reported. A consultant’s report said the university could save more than $9 million a year. University of Hartford will submit a formal reclassification request to the NCAA in January 2022. University of Hartford said it plans to honor current […]
May 7, 2021
Northwestern Faculty Alarmed by Hiring of Controversial Athletic Director
Six female Northwestern University faculty have sent an open letter to Provost Kathleen Hagerty regarding Northwestern’s announcement of Mike Polisky as its next athletic director. They are also planning to protest Friday with a march to President Morton Schapiro’s house, Chicago Tribune reported. Polisky – who had been Northwestern’s deputy athletic director for external affairs, […]
May 6, 2021
Fierce Advocate: Meet 2021’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar
Mariah White knows how to make the most out of opportunities. The senior point guard at Cleveland State University, who recently transferred to Missouri State, was determined to play Division I basketball when CSU came calling. It proved to be the perfect fit for the Ohio native, who has excelled on the court, in the classroom and as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s (SAAC) first diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) chair. For her impact on her sport, teammates, friends and community, White is named the 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar.
May 5, 2021
Charles Guthrie Appointed Director of Athletics at University of Akron
Charles Guthrie has been selected director of athletics at University of Akron, WKSU reported. Previously, Guthrie has served as athletic director at Clark College, San Francisco State University and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in educational administration and policy from University of […]
May 5, 2021
Elevating Everybody Around Him: Meet 2021’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar
Over the course of his college football career, University of Miami quarterback D’Eriq King has overcome injury, transferring and the sudden death of his father. Despite adversity, his sense of purpose has not wavered. King is intent on being a leader on the field, excelling in the classroom and speaking up about social justice issues. King is the 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar.
May 4, 2021
Meet the 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Female Finalists
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award is a part of Diverse’s quarter-century legacy of recognizing outstanding minority young men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits. Meet this year’s female finalists.
May 3, 2021
Meet the 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Male Finalists
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award is a part of Diverse’s quarter-century legacy of recognizing outstanding minority young men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits. Meet this year’s male finalists.
April 30, 2021
March Madness Thrives Amid Scrutiny, COVID-19 Concerns
March Madness returned in 2021, after being shut down by COVID-19 in 2020. As conferences and the NCAA sought to recover some of the losses associated with last year’s canceled men’s basketball tournament, teams and a very limited number of fans returned to coliseums this spring with restrictions in place, but with cautious optimism and excitement over the perennial spring tournaments.
April 29, 2021
Tennessee State University Looking to Start Division I Ice Hockey Program
Tennessee State University (TSU) is looking to start an NCAA Division I ice hockey program, Nashville Post reported. TSU is expected to announce plans to do a feasibility study to determine the viability of starting a TSU hockey program. TSU’s would be the first Division I hockey team in the history of the nation’s Historically […]
April 29, 2021
Stakeholders Seek Legal, Legislative Remedy to NCAA Athlete Name, Image, Likeness Issue
As it stands, student-athletes — “amateur athletes” — participating in NCAA-affiliated sports cannot earn money from their name, image and likeness (NIL). They risk losing eligibility if they attempt to monetize their brands. This issue, although longstanding, is again coming to a head as the NCAA is and will be facing more opposition to its rule in both the court of law and legislation.
April 27, 2021
A Q&A with the NCAA’s Felicia Martin, VP of the Eligibility Center
Here is a Q&A with the NCAA’s Felicia Martin, VP of the Eligibility Center
April 27, 2021
Shaking Up the Athletic Lottery
Sports has long been a fixture in American life generally and in communities of color more specifically. One could argue that there is seemingly more at stake on average for Black athletes because of the economic condition of Black communities in the United States. The cultural embeddedness of the athletic route and the sports dream in the lives of young Black men is something that is taken for granted in many cases. For the small few who make it to play in college or the pros, a glimmer of hope for the masses is given.
April 27, 2021
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