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Haley Scott DeMaria Institute Award

Haley Scott DeMaria to receive 5th annual Institute Award

May 13, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development Award will be presented to Haley Scott DeMaria, whose story of recovery from the famous 1992 Notre Dame swim team bus crash has inspired thousands. Read More 

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Sports: A language to communicate

with Fr. Jim Bacik

Father James J. Bacik is the pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish, and a campus minister and adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Toledo. Fr. Bacik visited the Institute to share some experiences of how sports can be used as a language to communicate. Read More 

On her earliest sports memory

with Rosie Kays

Rosie Kays, a former student-athlete at Neumann University, now pursuing her graduate degree in Sport Management at Temple University, recalls the story of her earliest sports memory. Read More 

The journey is the reward

with Evelyn Bennett

Evelyn Bennett, accomplished tennis athlete, runner, and equestrian, talks about an important life lesson she has learned through sport: that sometimes the journey is the reward. Read More 

On his Neumann experience

with Andrew Lessing

Andrew Lessing, a student-athlete here at Neumann University, shares with us some highlights from his Neumann experience. 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 

Tough love

with Ollie Johnson

Ollie Johnson, former NBA basketball player out of Temple University, discusses how his experiences in basketball taught him that it’s necessary to hear that you must “dig deeper” in order to “do better.” Read More 

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David and Goliath

July 13, 2016 | by Dr. Fred Savitz

There are many ways athletes must overcome their personal “Goliaths,” like this example from Neumann University Men’s Lacrosse. Read More 

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Fans in the stands: Are your kids having fun?

June 28, 2016 | by Elaine Dougherty

The beauty of sport is letting athletes absorb the experience and reap the benefits of a commitment towards something constructive, rewarding, and healthy for both mind and body. Read More 

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Reflection on ‘Crossing Home’

May 5, 2016 | by Nick Panissidi

James Penrice’s book ‘Crossing Home’ compares the struggle of success in baseball to the demands of Christian life in a way that illuminates sport’s parallels with spiritual goals. Read More 

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You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

- G.K. Chesterton