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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 

Institute Partners with Beyond Sport

November 13, 2013

On September 10, 2013, Neumann University hosted Beyond the Divide: a special event during the Beyond Sport Summit on how sports can address conflicts, reduce ignorance, and bridge religious divide. Read More 

Anne Donovan ISSCD Award

2013 Institute Award presented to Anne Donovan

October 1, 2013

The 2013 Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development Award will be presented to two-time Olympic gold medalist and Naismith Hall of Fame Member Anne Donovan, Head Coach of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. Read More 

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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 importance of mentorship

with Evelyn Bennett

Evelyn Bennett, accomplished tennis athlete, runner, and equestrian, shares with us her proudest moment in her athletic career, and the importance of finding a good mentor. 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 

Work hard, stay humble

with Jim Watson

Jim Watson, NHL Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers, tells us about the importance of working hard and staying humble. Read More 

On the NHL Winter Classic

with Jim Watson

Jim Watson, NHL Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers, shares his thoughts about when the NHL Winter Classic came to Philadelphia. Read More 

Tuning up

with Dr. Joe Glass

Dr. Joseph Glass, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts at Neumann University, discusses his life, work and faith during one of our Faith Hope + Lunch sessions. Read More 

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Little League baseball

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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Top 2014 moments showcasing the good in sports

December 17, 2014 | by Jeffrey B. Eisenberg

Many of the year’s biggest stories lifted our spirits and pointed to something greater than the game itself. Here’s our picks for the most uplifting and inspirational moments in sports from 2014. Read More 

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Celebrate the good in sports

November 10, 2014 | by Lee M. DelleMonache

Sport has the power to transform and inspire. It comes down to perspective, environment and influence. The right environment needs to be created and nurtured so new vantage points can emerge. Read More 

One step forward

Taking it one step at a time

October 30, 2014 | by Lauren Shipman

Lauren Shipman, a Senior at Neumann University, offers a beautiful reflection on the challenges and triumphs with her goal of walking across the stage at her upcoming graduation. Read More 

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The 2007-2008 Celtics… embraced the least respected and most valuable quality of NBA millionaires: humility. Each sought to play not for himself, but for the team…. [Kevin] Garnett, [Paul] Pierce and [Ray] Allen each pursued an agenda that reduced their individual stats on the faith that it would help the team. They had no reason to believe that their selflessness would pay off, because none of them had ever been part of anything greater than himself…. The Celtics …[became] the first team in 59 years to with the NBA championship with an overhauled roster. Ian Thomsen, My Sportsman: The Boston Celtics