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Global Sport Institute hosts inaugural gathering of Global Sport Scholars and Researchers

February 25, 2020

Each academic year, the Global Sport Institute (GSI) identifies an annual theme centered on a critical issue impacting sport. For the 2019–2020 academic year, that theme is Sport & The Body. In addition to launching the annual theme, GSI also hosts a research seed grant program awarding up to $20,000 per project to promote the study of sport.

Researchers are seated at multiple tables as they listen to a presentation.
GSI Associate Director of Innovation programs, Jeff Kunowski, presents to researchers opportunities for collaborative projects.

To further build our knowledge base, we invited faculty, staff, and students to convene at our inaugural GSI Research Luncheon, with the goal of helping to advance their disciplines and to pursue collaborative work that explores the breadth of Sport & The Body.

This year’s application pool for seed grants was highly competitive with an increased number of applicants from the previous year. The selected projects range from a deep and dynamic look at sport’s interactions with the body, biomechanics, to psychology and virtual reality. Overall the group reflects the diversity around sport through their intersectional studies in fields such as physiology, fashion, human communication, engineering, health and nutrition, and more. This year, GSI awarded 21 applicants for a total of $309,000, adding to the total of $1.1 million dollars since the institute’s inception.

A poster board with varying topics around sport covered with post it notes of ideas for research.
One activity at the luncheon included asking sport researchers what they could contribute to a potential published journal.

Current and previous researchers met with each other, (many for the first time), networked, and learned more about GSI’s larger mission. Together we recognized the newest Global Sport Scholars and seed grant recipient cohort. For the first time ever, we also introduced our new course grant recipients. These particular recipients have been funded to teach a semester-long course inspired by Sport & The Body.

The event ignited stimulating conversation, and established the start of a strong network while fostering a sense of community. It is the institute’s intention to continue meaningful engagement with our researchers, and we look forward to the expansive outcomes produced from this group.

To learn more about the Global Sport Institute’s research initiatives, visit https://globalsport.asu.edu/research.

Rachel Lofton is the Research Management Intern for the Global Sport Institute and the Global Sport Lab. She has her Masters in International Cooperation and Development from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and her focus is in Sport for Development. Prior to moving to Italy for her Masters, she graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies.