Global Sport Institute Overview

Welcome to the Global Sport Institute

The Global Sport Institute is where diverse disciplines come together to thoughtfully examine critical issues impacting sport.  We are unique among sports research institutes around the globe, as our efforts are supported and integrated across the entire university — from engineering to sociology, to the athletic department and beyond — rather than within a single discipline. 

We bridge the gap between academic research and real-life implications by translating our findings into meaningful information that is easily understood, and we actively share that knowledge with the audiences who need it most.

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


GlobalSport Matters is a multimedia content hub that delivers timely information on critical issues affecting sport and connects people with the knowledge they need. 

Spanning a variety of themes like culture, science, health, business, and youth, this joint effort between the Global Sport Institute and ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications provides an in-depth look at a broad range of topics making an impact beyond the playing field. 

With feature stories, videos, podcasts, polls, and enjoyable sports content that’s easily understood and can be widely shared, it’s the go-to information source for anyone involved in sport and everyone who sport touches.  

Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee

Raising a Fist

Join Global Sport Institute and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy for Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee, a 50th anniversary commemoration and conversation about the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the influence of athlete activism then and now.

History is repeating itself in athlete activism. Fifty years after John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their black-gloved fists during the national anthem at the Mexico City Olympics, athlete activism is again one of the most relevant – and controversial – political topics in the United States.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:30 p.m.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625  N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 

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