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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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Building character through sports

with Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan, Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Sports Information Director at Neumann University, tells us about how his character was developed through his athletic experiences. Read More 

Faith, family, country

with Sr. Marguerite O'Beirne, OSF

Sr. Marguerite O’Bierne, OSF, Vice President for Mission & Ministry at Neumann University, discusses her life experiences and faith in her talk titled “Faith, Family, and Country.” Read More 

On overcoming adversity

with Jim Watson

Jim Watson, NHL Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers, shares his thoughts on overcoming adversity. 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 

Swimming back from paralysis

with Haley Scott DeMaria

Haley Scott DeMaria shares her harrowing and ultimately triumphant story of her return to collegiate swimming after a fatal bus accident left her paralyzed. Read More 

On what athletics are like at Neumann

with Christy Malone-Fleagle

Christy Malone-Fleagle, Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach and Associate Athletic Director at Neumann University, discusses what sports are like at Neumann. Read More 

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Neumann Commencement

Dealing with the inevitable: Change

May 27, 2015 | by Lauren Shipman

In sports and in life, change in inevitable. New Neumann University grad Lauren Shipman reflects on her college years and how students might deal with the transition by keeping in mind that, like from a sports team we leave, everything learned and gained stays with us forever. Read More 

Graduation

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 

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 

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I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it.

- Mia Hamm