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.

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COVID-19 and the Impact on Sport

In light of these unprecedented times, the Global Sport Institute team is working to bring you engaging online events. We also continue to publish relevant insights as they pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on sport through

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White text on black background that states the Pro Sports Assembly Manifesto: "United in Gameplan, Diverse in Council. We are a community of leaders advancing diversity and inclusion in professional sports. Together, we create and foster a healthy..."

September 10, 2020

The Global Sport Institute and CEO Kenneth L. Shropshire are proud to be founding members of the Pro Sports Assembly, which aims by 2030 to achieve parity in opportunity, pay and leadership amongst the professional sports workforce.
The NBA has largely supported its players' protests, including kneeling during the anthem.  David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated

September 4, 2020

A social justice movement is sweeping the country—and professional sports. Is the NFL ready for whatever comes next?
NBA taking a knee

September 3, 2020

With more leadership positions in sports being established for diversity and inclusion, numerous hires don’t always have sports experience — but that might actually be more beneficial, says Kenneth Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sports Institute..