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Spring 2018 events

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Documentary screening: The Renaissance Continues

Everyone knows the triumphant story of Jesse Owens and his accomplishments in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning four gold medals. The little-known story is how he, along with eight other track and field medalists, ushered in the era of African Americans in sports. At those games, USA athletes won every sprint event from the 100-800 meters along with two jumping events – 15 medals in all. This documentary should serve to inspire our collegiate student-athletes, who, like these competitors of the 1930s, face their own set of challenges amid evolving technologies in an ever-changing global environment.

Dr. Adam Earnheardt

Dr. Adam Earnheardt: Functions of Fandom

From the fanatic to the casual spectator, people watch sports and become sports fans for a variety reasons. Whether its a lifetime commitment to a particular athlete, team or sport--or a brief encounter with a particular sporting event--we watch and become fans because sports fill a need. Dr. Adam Earnheardt has spent 20 years unpacking the motivations of sports fandom, and in this talk he explores the functions of being a sports fan at home, at work, in school, and in society--including the number one motivation--a desire to feel connected with family, friends, and other like-minded fans. Dr. Earnheardt examines the social utility to being sports fans, how people gather as spectators to be connected in disparate spaces, such as the stadium with tens of thousands of other fans, or on social media with seemingly millions of fellow fans separated by mountains and oceans.

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Black Student Athlete Summit

The fourth annual Black Student-Athlete Summit will take place at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, TX, January 17-19, 2018. Early bird registration ends December 8, so register soon for discounted rates. 2018 Keynotes include four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, NFL veteran Tommie Harris, WNBA player Imani McGee-Stafford. and Rhodes Scholar Caylin Moore.

Fall 2018 events

School of Social Work panel

NFL Protests, Social Juice and Social Work

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation, and the Center for Sports Communication & Media presented The NFL Protests, Social Justice and Social Work on October 10, 2017, in SSW's Utopia Theater. The panel discussion included Daron K. Roberts, director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation, Cullen Loeffler, former UT Austin and NFL athlete, Octavious Bishop, former UT Austin and NFL athlete, and Michael Butterworth, director of the Center for Sports Communication and Media. Emmett L. Gill, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, moderated the forum.
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Courtland Bragg on campus

The Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, The Center for Sports Communication & Media and Distinguished Speakers hosted "Trust Your Jounery" with NFL Films Producer, Courtland Bragg on November 14, 2017, in BMC 1.202

Bragg started as an intern at NFL Films and worked his way up to seasonal employee. Through hard work he was promoted to be the youngest full time employee at NFL Films, and quickly went on to win an Emmy for the production of "Hard Knocks" with the Houston Texans. Bragg discussed his journey from internship to seasonal employee to full time employee to Emmy-winning associate producer.