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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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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 

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 

Lessons learned through sports

with Joe Gorman

Joseph Gorman, M.B.A., CPA, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Neumann University, shares his thoughts on the lessons that can be learned through sports. Read More 


On the importance of youth sport

with Evelyn Bennett

The staff of the Institute talked with Evelyn Bennett, accomplished tennis athlete, runner, and equestrian, about her views on the importance of youth sport. Read More 

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Special Olympics

Removing labels at the Special Olympics

July 30, 2015 | by Jeffrey B. Eisenberg

Though seemingly a matter of semantics, the language we use when discussing the Special Olympics holds great implications for our understanding of what it means to be an athlete. Read More 

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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 


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 

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“When we play, we sense no limitations. In fact, when we are playing, we are usually unaware of ourselves. Self-observation goes out the window. We forget all those past lessons of life, forget our potential foolishness, forget ourselves. We immerse ourselves in the act of play. And we become free.” Lenore Terr, Beyond Love and Work “Wisdom was ever at play in God’s presence, at play everywhere in the world” (Proverbs 8:31 ). The experience of play is universal. Even in places of war, violence and poverty, the freedom to play is essential.