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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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Basketball memories

with Sr. Peggy Egan, OSF

Sister Peggy Egan, OSF, Dean of Students at Neumann University, shares with us some memories from her basketball career. Read More 

Win or lose, be humble

with Keith Primeau

Keith Primeau, a former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers who skated with the club from 1999 to 2006, received our first Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development Award in 2011. In his acceptance speech, Keith tells us a lesson he learned from one coach in particular: always be humble. Read More 

Achieving the impossible

with Tom Coyne

Tom Coyne, author and faculty member at St. Joseph’s University, shares stories of his attempt at becoming a professional golfer, and how moments in sport can draw people closer together. 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 

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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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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A personal tribute to Ed Snider

April 22, 2016 | by Elaine Dougherty

Ed Snider’s impact went beyond the ice; by bringing the Flyers to Philadelphia, he helped shape an entire city and the lives within it. Read More 

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A rugby family formed in Ireland

March 17, 2016 | by Kim Kasnic

Fresh off a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland, Neumann University Women’s Rugby grew as teammates and people through both competition and fellowship. Read More 

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Wayman Tisdale
Wayman Tisdale, former NBA star, became a successful jazz musician. Tisdale had part of one leg amputated because of bone cancer. In his first post-amputation record, Tisdale triumphantly sings, “When life tries to get you down, it’s the perfect time for a rebound.”