In The News

June 29, 2020

Jeff Metcalfe

Arizona State's Global Sport Institute planned to host its third Global Sport Summit this week in Phoenix. 

The coronavirus pandemic forced a cancellation of the summit, which was to have centered on sport and the body, the Global Sport Institute's 2020 theme.

In lieu of the summit, Global Sport Institute CEO Ken Shropshire gathered seven sports experts from around the world to discuss the impact of coronavirus on sport. 

June 26, 2020

Johnathan Chang

Dr. Scott Brooks, of the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University, says when young athletes make sports their main priority, that can have a much longer-term consequence.

"They’ve put everything else to the side," he says. "They’re not as focused on school — or school, only as it pertains to keeping them eligible. They’re not pursuing creative things like art, music ... so much. This is everything, and when that ends — and often not of your own volition — all of these things that are senses of your purpose, that goes away."

June 24, 2020

Caitlin Schmidt

“I’m hearing people talk that this is an opportunity for a reset,” Eric Legg of Arizona State University’s School of Community Resources & Development said during a webinar earlier this month. “This is a chance for us to go back to localized, community-based sports. To get back to sport and primary purpose of sport being youth development and life development.”

In response to an international survey by ASU’s Global Sport Institute that revealed that 62% of parents wouldn’t be putting their kids back into organized sports over coronavirus concerns, the group assembled a panel of experts earlier this month to discuss COVID-19’s affect on the return of youth sports.