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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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Reflecting on an injury

with Rosie Kays

Rosie Kays, a former student-athlete at Neumann University and current graduate student in Sport Management at Temple University, tells us the story of a significant athletic injury, and how it impacted her playing career. 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 

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 

On the love of the game

with Jim Watson

Loving the game and enjoying the activity of play is a huge part of athletics. Here, Jim Watson, NHL Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers, shares with us the importance of having a love of the game. Read More 

How sports are different at Neumann

with Joe Gorman

A win is about more than just the points on the scoreboard. Here, Joseph Gorman, M.B.A., CPA, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Neumann, shares his thoughts on how sports are different at Neumann. Read More 


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 

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Special Olympics

Removing labels at the Special Olympics

July 30, 2015 | by Jeffrey B. Eisenberg

Though seemingly a matter of semantics, the language we use when discussing the Special Olympics holds great implications for our understanding of what it means to be an athlete. Read More 

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From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

- Luke 12:48