The Global Sport Institute

The Global Sport Institute is where diverse disciplines converge to thoughtfully examine critical issues impacting sport. As a cross-disciplinary enterprise, the institute’s efforts are integrated throughout the entire university — from engineering to sociology, to the athletic department and beyond — rather than within a single concentration.

With an emphasis on expanding research, sharing knowledge, supporting innovation and advancing education, the institute’s mission is to use sport to create positive change throughout the world.

The Institute is supported by a combination of institutional ASU funding and a significant philanthropic gift from adidas.

Global Sport Institute at ASU

Upcoming events

GSM Live Masculinity in Sport

GSM Live: Detoxifying Masculinity in Sport

  June 18, 2021
  Virtual Event


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GSM Live: August 2021

  August 13, 2021
  11:00am to 12:00pm
  Virtual Event

Beyond the Binary in Sport

The spectra of sex, gender, and sexuality challenge our traditional understanding of sport and competition, but are increasingly central to the conversation around athlete and fan experience.

With legislation and organizing increasing around how these various identities intersect, sport makes a natural landscape for discourse and broadening our knowledge of these conversations. How are perspectives changing, and what can we discover by diving into the multitudes underneath these nuanced topics?

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Our latest news

Person marking with pen on male and female gender checklist

June 11, 2021

We recently conducted a national snapshot poll in partnership with OH Predictive Insights to measure public understanding about transgender people and the issues facing the transgender community in sport.

June 3, 2021

“I for one am done with ‘training’ as either punishment or solution,” wrote GSI CEO Ken Shropshire. “I am for ‘education’ through sports institutions. Longer-term educational programs for all. Training is like there is a trick to learn.
Ken Shropshire on Sky Sports

May 24, 2021

"You're not the biggest star until you step up on social issues," GSI CEO Ken Shropshire told Sky Sports.