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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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The school of fish

with Sr. Eileen Valerie Kulacz

Sr. Eileen Valerie, a Sister of Saint Francis since 1975, tells us her stories of fishing with her father as a young child, and of how much she learned about their relationship in those moments on the pond. Read More 

Reflecting on an injury

with Rosie Kays

Rosie Kays, a former student-athlete at Neumann University and current graduate student in Sport Management at Temple University, tells us the story of a significant athletic injury, and how it impacted her playing career. 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 

On being a team player

with Jessica Foulks

The Institute sat down with Jessica Foulks, a student-athlete at Neumann University. Jessica shares with us her thoughts on the importance of being a team player. Read More 

Sports and relationships

with Dr. Joe Gillespie

Joseph Gillespie, Ed.D., Professor of Education and Dean of the Division of Education and Human Services at Neumann University, shares some stories of the profound relationships that can develop through sport. Read More 

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 

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Fans in the stands: Are your kids having fun?

June 28, 2016 | by Elaine Dougherty

The beauty of sport is letting athletes absorb the experience and reap the benefits of a commitment towards something constructive, rewarding, and healthy for both mind and body. 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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“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics Athlete Oath