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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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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 

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 

Always find a way

with Theresa Grentz

Theresa Grentz is a 2001 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and a former Mighty Mac of nearby Immaculate University. Here, she shares stories of her love of the game of basketball, and how the combination of persistence and faith helped her find success. 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 

Tough love

with Ollie Johnson

Ollie Johnson, former NBA basketball player out of Temple University, discusses how his experiences in basketball taught him that it’s necessary to hear that you must “dig deeper” in order to “do better.” 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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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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Victor Hugo, from Les Miserables