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ISSCD Launches Leaders of the Knight

October 19, 2017

The Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development recently launched Leaders of the Knight—a leadership training program for Neumann University … Read More 

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On his baseball experience

with Mathieu Vallières

Mathieu Vallières, a student-athlete at Neumann University. Here, he tells us the story of his baseball career. Read More 

Faith, family, country

with Sr. Marguerite O'Beirne, OSF

Sr. Marguerite O’Bierne, OSF, Vice President for Mission & Ministry at Neumann University, discusses her life experiences and faith in her talk titled “Faith, Family, and Country.” Read More 

Leadership through sport

with Scott Hammell

A former student-athlete turned Club Baseball Head Coach and Residence Life Coordinator here at Neumann, Scott Hammell, knows a thing … Read More 

How Faith, Family, Friends, & Fortitude Kept an NFL Linebacker in the Game

with Kevin Reilly

In 1976, shortly after beginning his NFL career, Kevin was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he played for the Philadelphia Eagles. This effectively ended his career in football. He underwent multiple surgeries that led to the removal of his left arm, shoulder and five ribs. Recovery from surgery was difficult and Reilly suffered significant depression but was able to overcome it. Kevin’s story isn’t merely about survival, it is a tale about Faith, resilience of the human spirit and rising from the ashes. Kevin reveals his experience with finding strength when your greatest adversary is yourself. Continuing on and winning small victories day-by-day without a stadium full of fans to cheer you on, but only the faintest whisper from above telling you that sometimes you have to fall to fly. Kevin’s talk emphasizes his key to winning in life, the 4F’s: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fortitude. In this day and age, we are quickly becoming a nation of victims, allowing adversities and challenges to overwhelm the skills and blessings that God has given us to handle the crosses we face. Kevin speaks from the heart and uses his own life as a lesson on how all of us can prevail from bad luck, adversity and pain to find the very best in ourselve Read More 

Win or lose, be humble

with Keith Primeau

Keith Primeau, a former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers who skated with the club from 1999 to 2006, received our first Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development Award in 2011. In his acceptance speech, Keith tells us a lesson he learned from one coach in particular: always be humble. Read More 

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“Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” A grateful Lou Gehrig spoke these thoughtful words on July 4, 1939, the day of his retirement from baseball. A diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) shortened his playing career. Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended due to complications with the disease.