December 5, 2016 - Making the Case for Sports: See Michael Smith: Sports Made Me A Cool Nerd, reported by Tom Farrey, Aspen Institute. yes, this is the same Aspen Institute that developed Project Play in 2013 "to find ways to help all children in America become active through sports." "Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game," is the product of their work
April 2016 - What do parents think about sports and the values of sports? See the Edelman Report.
THE NEW SCIENCE OF TEAMS! Guess who said this! "Stable teams ... who have learned over time to work well together can be powerful tools. But ... there often isn't enough time to build that kind of team. Instead, organizations must bring together not only their own ... employees ... but also external specialists ... only to disband them when they've achieved their goal..." You probably think it was a salary cap specialist, but it's not. It's Harvard Business School Professor Amy C. Edmondson, a leader in the emerging field of "team studies." See Teamwork On The Fly: How To Master The New Art of Teaming, Amy Edmondson, Harvard Business Review, April, 2012 (reprinted on athenahealth.com). More and more, academics are realizing that the lessons of sports apply to life. In the past, those studies focused on comparisions of athletes' grades versus the general student populace (in high school, the athletes always win these comparisons) or studies on how ethical athletes are compared to their peers. Now, the studies in some fields are incredibly complex, and are found in publications that are very far afield from sports and sports journals and websites. Indeed, the science of team studies is probably so far afield that most educators probably aren't remotely familiar with it.