About the Mirenda Center
Neumann University opened the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development on October 17, 2009. Located on its main campus in Aston, PA, the Mirenda Center features more than 72,000 square feet of space including an arena, classroom, meeting and event rooms, exhibits, offices, and athletic facilities.
Built in part through the generosity of donors to the Grow to Inspire Campaign, the Mirenda Center is designed to encourage learning, reflection, and prayer. It provides an educational environment that interweaves athletic, academic, social, and spiritual development. It serves to enhance the nationally and internationally recognized research and practice of the Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, which has been a core program and component of Neumann’s campus since 1999.
The Mirenda Center is named in honor of Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda, President of Neumann University, and her husband, Tony, by the Board of Trustees in acknowledgement of the Mirendas’ many years of hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Catholic Franciscan identity and mission.
About the Exhibit
“Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a person courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance. It is not merely a physical development then. Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole person, and while perfecting the body as an instrument of the mind, it also makes the mind itself a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth….” (Pope Pius XII)
No matter what the level of competition, each athletic experience or moment has the potential to evoke a sense of awareness and contemplation not often realized by sport participants and spectators. Winning, losing, injury and mistakes carry within them the precious gift of inspiration. It is up to the individual to recognize it, respect it, learn from it, share it and find God in it.
Here at Neumann University, our goal was to create a forum that offers a unique perspective on sports that is seldom explored. We hope this exhibit empowers visitors to move forward on their spiritual journeys with a sense of awareness, appreciation and wholeness that is too often lacking in athletics.