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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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A visit from the Vatican

February 5, 2015

Fr. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O., Undersecretary of the Pontifical Congregation for Catholic Education, visited Neumann University and the Institute along with Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) president Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D. Read More 

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On the significance of experiencing setbacks

with Evelyn Bennett

Evelyn Bennett, accomplished tennis athlete, runner, and equestrian, she shares with us the powerful moments, lessons, and learning that can come from experiencing setbacks in your athletic experiences. Read More 

Seizing the moment

with Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan, Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Sports Information Director at Neumann University, tells a story about seizing the moment. Read More 

On an important coach

with Dorian Long

Dorian Long, former coach and student-athlete at Neumann University, discusses the role played by an important coach in his life. Read More 

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The walk at graduation is almost here

May 12, 2015 | by Lauren Shipman

Neumann University student Lauren Shipman brings us full circle on her goal of walking across stage unaided at her college graduation. Hear how her inspiring story has unfolded! Read More 

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Cheating in sport? Again?

February 26, 2015 | by Fr. Patrick Kelly

An epidemic of cheating suggests that, as a society, we may be losing touch with the very meaning of sport. While for many athletics are a means to money and fame, we should be examining sport more for its intrinsic value and meaning. Read More 

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Continuing my walking journey

February 10, 2015 | by Lauren Shipman

As Neumann senior Lauren Shipman progresses towards her goal of walking at graduation this year, she realizes that many of the lessons of her own journey relate to common experiences in sports. Read More 

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The Super Bowl’s place in values education

January 30, 2015 | by Jeffrey B. Eisenberg

The NFL this year has been plagued by issues of character and integrity. The Super Bowl, unfortunately, shines yet another light on the ugly side of sports. Perhaps when we focus on specific players and actions, though, we are turning our attention away from the lessons that could help solve those issues. Read More 

Sport and Values

Exploring values in sports: These are the questions to ask

January 5, 2015 | by John Mizzoni

The values we see in sport seem to be a reflection of the values of our society. As such, we need to seriously consider how our experiences with athletics reflect and influence ethical standards, virtues, social history, economics, spirituality, and more. Here are the questions we should ask. Read More 

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Dick Fosbury sets an Olympic record in the high jump in 1968 with his unique, self-invented jumping style. This “flop” is now a common technique used by high jumpers around the world. In The Guardian article 50 stunning Olympic moments No 28: Dick Fosbury introduces 'the flop,' author Simon Burnton describes Fosbury’s persistence in finding a technique that would improve his personal best high jumps: “‘In 1963, I asked the coach if I could return back to the scissors style, and he didn't encourage me, but he let me make the decision,’ Fosbury told me. ‘In the very next meet, as I was attempting a new personal best, I felt I had to do something different to clear the bar and I tried lifting my hips, which caused my shoulders to go back, and I succeeded. I made a new height, I tried again, and successively I was able to clear six inches higher than my previous best, and that change made me competitive, it kept me in the game, and I converted from sitting on the bar to laying flat on my back’…