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April 10, 2020

Faculty Cross Talk: Human Performance + Sport
The science of human performance is rapidly evolving as major advances in research, innovation and technology contribute to a greater understanding of the intersections between physical and behavioral health. Medical breakthroughs combined with the proliferation of wearable technologies and other highly customizable solutions can help elucidate the causal factors of injury, improve prevention, recovery, resilience and longevity--fueling higher performance and inspiring purposeful living.

Research in this field benefits people from all walks of life, from athletes seeking to maintain a competitive edge to military veterans recovering from injury or post-traumatic stress disorder to a broad spectrum of individuals wishing to recover or enhance mental and physical performance.

Global Sport Institute invites ASU faculty and graduate students to participate in our Faculty Cross Talk: Human Performance Sciences. Hear from ASU Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Drew Trojanowski on a university-wide effort to mobilize a broad consortium of academic, philanthropic, and industry partners engaged in the comprehensive, fully integrated exploration and advancement of human performance and recovery.

Our goal is to map the university’s assets in this field and apply them to launching the premier institute for human performance, dedicated to transforming our current understanding of performance and behavioral health through the lenses of science and wellness.

Following a brief 20-minute speaker presentation, participants can share ideas, research and projects to form new connections and collaborations.

Helpful ideas around the topic of Human Performance may include:
•How can military veterans and athletes use human performance science to improve physical and mental health after injury?
•What other constituencies benefit most from advancements in human performance sciences (e.g., athletes, active military, students, skilled workers, elderly)?
•How can ASU collectively translate knowledge into action for these various constituents?
•What opportunities exist for collaboration across units in this field?

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Questions? Email Kendall Jones (kendall.jones@asu.edu)

April 13, 2020

Venture Devil winners onstage receiving giant check with GSI

Each year, we invite the top ventures from our Spring and Fall Demo Day sessions to perform a live pitch at the Global Sport Summit and compete for additional funds and other various prizes. Ventures range in areas of the sports industry and each is given an opportunity to gain meaningful funding to bring their idea to the next level. Because COVID-19 prevents an in-person pitch event, we will be hosting this year's Spring Pitch Competition virtually with a set of judges ready to award the next top ventures. 

The Global Sport Institute is proud to partner with Entrepreneurship and Innovation to award the top ventures through the program. The program is led by Jeff Kunowski, Associate Director of Innovation Programs at Global Sport Institute.

We will hold a closed Q&A session on Monday, April 13th with judges and ventures and announce winners by Tuesday, April 14th. 

Meet the Ventures:

Meet the judges:


Kenneth Shropshire, CEO Global Sport Institute

Professor Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University after a thirty-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Shropshire's career has been highlighted by leading the launch of several noteworthy ventures in a variety of sectors including: leading the boxing competition during the last profitable Olympic Games, which was also the most televised event of the Games in 1984; founding and leading the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, one of the world’s most respected sports business think tanks in 2004; serving as a founder and board member of the Valley Green Bank, which was sold to Univest Corp. for $76 million in 2014; and guiding the launch of the non-profit Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) in 2016 and serving on its board. As a sports-industry leader he is former President of the Sports Lawyers Association, the largest such organization in the world, and also former Program Chair of the ABA Forum Committee, Sports Law Section. His views and insights on the sports industry can be heard via his “Why Sport Matters” podcast. He is an author, educator and speaker consulting on athlete-transition and financial education and has worked with NCAA, Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Football League Players Association, the United States Olympic Committee and PGA golfer Rory McIlroy.


Jake Plummer, Co-founder of ReadyList Sports

Jake the Snake was a 10-year vet and Pro Bowl quarterback in the NFL (Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos). He is known for his All-American season and run to the Rose Bowl while at Arizona State, winning the Cardinals’ first playoff game since 1947, and breaking John Elway’s franchise records, while taking the Broncos to the AFC Championship Game in 2005.  In December, Jake was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Since retirement, Jake has pursued entrepreneurship and launched the business venture, ReadyList Sports.


Justin Forsett, CEO & Co-founder at Hustle Clean

Justin is a former NFL running back and now a successful entrepreneur. He played 9 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, and Denver Broncos. 

Since then, Justin has become an entrepreneur and the founder / CEO of Hustle Clean, which has been featured on Shark Tank, Fox, CBS, NBC and Cheddar. The Company’s products, including an on-the-go Shower Collection called ShowerPill which consist of a novel body wipe proven to kill 99.9 percent of germs, have taken off with availability at over 1,000 locations including Target, Crunch Fitness, Pharmaca, and UFC Gyms. Investors and advisors include many professional athletes including Jonathan Stewart, Steve Smith Sr., Ronnie Lott, Kyle Juszczyk and Prince Amukamara.


Tracy Lea, Assistant Director of Venture Development, ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation

Tracy Lea serves Entrepreneurship + Innovation as Assistant Director, Venture Development. In her role, she co-leads the ASU Venture Devils program around the three pillars of support which include the mentor, funding and spaces network to nearly 300 student, faculty, community and alumni startups, including the prestigious Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative.  Edson teams have raised over $15 million in external funding the past several years and have filed over 40 patents.  As part of the Venture Devils program, Tracy manages over 50 Venture Mentors designated as faculty associates to leverage their entrepreneurial expertise to further the ventures they serve.  Drawing on her military background Tracy spearheads the group's military, defense and veteran initiatives designed to elevate the imprint of veteran entrepreneurs. In addition, she teaches Entrepreneurship and Value Creation to both engineering and business students at ASU.

April 15, 2020

Global Sport Institute is bringing the SXSW 2020 panel discussion to you! Join us online for Empowering the Athlete in the Post-Sport Journey, hosted Wednesday, April 15th at 1:00p (Phoenix, AZ); 4:00p (ET).

Collegiate and professional athlete transitions are unique due to the typical length of preparation, intense level of identity and connectedness, and the unpredictable nature of when one’s career can end. This often leads to identity foreclosure, where an athlete sacrifices their education and additional identity options or career aspirations. We know that the more you prepare to transition out of the original dream, the more time you have to focus on the next dream and move into the reality of a new working life. Transition is eased for athletes who engage in continuous learning and when a transition plan is securely in place before the athletic experience ends. This panel will dive into the effects of transition and what can be done to help athletes prepare for life outside of sport.

Mori Taheripour | With over a decade of extensive experience at the intersection of sports and social change in both the public and private sectors, Mori Taheripour is a globally-recognized executive and award-winning educator with unique expertise in negotiation, diversity and inclusion, athlete education and development, high impact philanthropy and sport for development.

Karen Gallagher | Dr. Gallagher is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Global Sport Institute. She serves as Project Manager on collaborative research efforts. She works in developing programs and research projects related to athlete post-sport transition. Gallagher earned her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University in 2017. 

Jacques McClendon | As the director of player engagement for the Los Angeles Rams, after spending seven seasons as an offensive lineman in the NFL, McClendon is responsible for assisting players with the transition to professional football and developing off-the-field success programs and activities.

Kenneth Shropshire | Professor Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University after a thirty-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an author, educator and speaker consulting on athlete-transition and financial education and has worked with NCAA, Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Football League Players Association, the United States Olympic Committee and PGA golfer Rory McIlroy.

Who should attend:
  • All Athletes
  • Elite Athletes 
  • Student Athletes
  • Retired Athletes
  • Military Veterans
  • Coaches of all levels
  • Player Development Professionals
  • Front Office Executives
  • League Executives
  • Sport Agents
  • Sports Media
  • Sports-related Academia
  • Sports Fans

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Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW. Further information here.


November 1, 2020

2020 Global Sport Summit

Global Sport Summit 2020 originally scheduled for April 2-3 is suspended until further notice. Please see our official statement here. Please note that Nov. 1 is serving as a placeholder and is NOT a confirmed date.

The third annual summit will return to the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The event will explore cutting-edge research and bring together expertise across a diverse set of disciplines to thoughtfully examine timely topics impacting the world of sport. This year will take a special focus on "Sport and The Body" - the Global Sport Institute's annual theme for the current year.

Who should attend? Any individual or organization with an interest and/or involvement in the broad world of sport. Including but not limited to:

  • Sport-related CEOs and leadership teams
  • Researchers, scholars, and academics
  • Sport entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors
  • Sports journalists and/or media professionals 
  • Sports historians, documentarians, or those working in humanities
  • Sports-related public relations and marketing professionals
  • Non-profit and community leaders
  • Students

The Global Sport Summit past program partners include: Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Sports Law and Business; W. P. Carey School of Business, Sports Business; School of Community Resources and Development, Community Sport Management; and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sports Journalism; School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Sports, Culture and Ethics.


Video recap: Global Sport Summit 2019

via ASU Now: Looking at sports as a microcosm of racial, gender disparities in society

3 Thought Provoking Quotes from 2019 Global Sport Summit Speakers

2019 Global Sport Summit Examines Race and Sport Around the Globe

Winning ASU Global Sport Venture Devils Named at GSI Annual Summit