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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 Neumann basketball story

with Gerald Bryant

Gerald Bryant, a former student-athlete at Neumann University, tells us the story from his Neumann basketball playing days. Read More 

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 

Portals and thresholds

with Chuck Sack

Chuck Sack, Director of Athletics at Neumann University, discusses his life, work and faith in a talk titled “Portals and Thresholds.” Read More 

A childhood sports memory

with David Brownlee

David Brownlee. M.S, Vice President for Human Resources and Risk Management at Neumann, shares the story of a childhood sports memory. Read More 

On his Neumann experience

with Scott Hammell

Scott Hammell, a student-athlete and now Club Baseball Head Coach and Residence Life Coordinator, tells the story of his Neumann … Read More 

Sacrifice

with Dennis Murphy

Dennis Murphy, former Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs at Neumann University, discusses his life, work and faith in a talk titled “Sacrifice.” Read More 

Proudest moment as a coach

with Jim Watson

Jim Watson, NHL Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers, shares with us the story of his proudest moment as a coach. 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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CARPE DIEM

The students slowly gather round the trophy cases filled with team pictures and Mr. Keating says: “They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, those boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Hear it? Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary. Dead Poets Society