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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 being a student-athlete at Neumann

with Brittany Russ

The staff of the Institute had the good fortune to sit down with Brittany Russ, a former student-athlete at Neumann University, to discuss the athletic experience at Neumann. Read More 

Philadelphia PowerPlay

with Lauren Shipman

Neumann student Lauren Shipman shares her passion for the gift of playing on a power wheelchair hockey team. 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 

Our spiritual journey

with Dr. Len DiPaul

Dr. Len DiPaul, Assistant Dean of Education and Human Services at Neumann University, discusses that we’re all on a spiritual journey. Read More 

On his soccer career

with Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan, former head Men’s Soccer Coach at Neumann University, tells the story of his soccer career. Read More 

A father figure

with Ken Abney

Coach Ken Abney of the United Stars Track Club of Philadelphia shares his story of becoming a coach. Two of his former athletes, Juliette Poussot and Charlene Maddox, tell us about moments when Abney’s leadership and guidance stretched beyond the track. Read More 

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PLAYING IN NATURE

According to child advocacy professionals, playing in nature is important to healthy childhood development. This is a timely observation in an era of high obesity rates amongst children kept indoors by video games, computers and television. In his groundbreaking work, The Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv maintains that the children’s “mental, physical, and spiritual health depends upon it.” Louv suggests that frequent exposure to nature, such as hiking, climbing trees and planting gardens, facilitates a child’s creativity, freedom and well-being.