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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. Carlos and Smith directly influenced what Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players are doing now, and both protests ignited debates about the role of athletes in society. 1968’s podium and 2018’s NFL sideline are connected across time, space, and anthem. Raising a fist or taking a knee, athlete activism matters.
Global Sport Institute launched its 2018 – 2019 theme, Race and Sport Around the Globe, to our ASU faculty, staff, and graduate students interested in sport. The keynote speaker was Dr. Elijah Anderson, from the sociology department at Yale University. Dr. Anderson spoke on the state of race in society around the globe, the role sport and sport research can play, and questions we can all address throughout the upcoming year. ASU’s Sanford School co-sponsored Dr. Anderson’s visit to campus.
The Global Sport Institute and GlobalSport Matters hosted a screening of: The Carter Effect. Sean Menard gives viewers an unprecedented look at Vince Carter: the six-foot-six, eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach who made waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he joined the Raptors in 1998.
This galvanizing documentary chronicles the rise of the Toronto Raptors and the pivotal role of basketball superstar Vince Carter in building the team’s notoriety and planting Toronto firmly on the world’s pop-culture map. The Carter Effect captures the thrill of the game, the complexity of the industry, and the intoxicating mix of athletics, civic pride, music, and surging diversity that make Toronto the entirely unique city that it’s become.
At the core of the film is an interview with the charismatic Carter himself, who speaks with insight and candor about his career and involvement with the Raptors. The legendary 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest, the relationship between Carter and Tracy McGrady, the gut-wrenching drama of Carter’s departure from Toronto, and the recent, gratifying steps toward reconciliation.
After the screening, there was a dynamic film discussion with moderator and TV host Marci Ien of Toronto’s CTV, former Toronto Raptors Coach Darrell Walker, NBA assistant coach for the Boston Celtics Jerome Allen and the Global Sport Institute’s Scott N. Brooks.
The inaugural Global Sport Summit was the first-of-its-kind event and combined cutting-edge research with industry expertise to thoughtfully explore timely topics impacting the world of sports. Program highlights included a one-on-one sit down with Kenneth L. Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sport Institute and Mark King, President of adidas Group North America, and a keynote address from David Epstein, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. With a broad focus on the future of sport, general sessions and breakout sessions examined Super Athletes of the Future: The Ethics and Implications of Gene Editing; Get off the Couch! Stadium Technology Innovation and Fan Experience Future Models of Sports Media; and much more.
Global Sport Summit attendees and local sports industry professionals attended this open-air event at the LUSTRE bar on the rooftop of the Hotel Palomar. While enjoying complimentary appetizers and the cityscape of Downtown Phoenix, they learned more about the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University.