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Masculinity, Identity, & Moving Forward: I am Michael Sam

Michael Sam, the first openly LGBTQIA+ athlete drafted by the NFL, opens up about his story, masculinity, and defining oneself in the 21st century.

Renaissance of the African-American Athlete

In February of 2019 on the ASU Downtown campus, the Global Sport Institute held an event with the oldest living American gold medalist, Harrison Dillard, and the oldest living African-American Olympic medalist, Herb Douglas, to commemorate Black History Month.

NFL Social Justice Report Card

As controversies regarding kneeling as a form of protest have receded from global headlines, little has been written about what those same athletes and organizations are doing now regarding the issues at the heart of the demonstrations. Following up on the efforts at initiating social change, the NFL has increased community outreach. We were curious about the actual impact the NFL was having in this “2.0” phase of athlete activism.

Seed Grant Awardee: Yanchao Zhang

Wearable devices such as fitness and performance tracking gadgets are quickly penetrating into everyday life and transforming how people live. There are growing privacy concerns that fine-grained big data from wearables can be misused. This project is to investigate privacy-preserving data mining techniques for wearable devices.

Seed Grant Awardee: Troy McDaniel

To fans and attendees of sporting events, the stadium offers far more than a view of the game; it offers an energetic, multimodal, and social experience. While the roar of the crowd, the rumble of the stadium, and the unification of fans is currently experienced only through physical attendance, advancements in virtual reality (VR) technology will change how we participate and engage in large-scale sporting events.

Seed Grant Awardee: Giac-Thao Tran

This study uses national college student data to document and compare the trajectories of mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation/attempts) of racially/ethnically diverse student-athletes groups over a 5-year time period.

Seed Grant Awardee: Andrés Martinez

This project will be a study of the most global of all major sporting leagues, the English Premier League. English soccer has historically been a fairly insular affair, but in the past quarter-century its top league came to be dominated by foreign players, coaches, owners, and, importantly, foreign fans.

Seed Grant Awardee: Devoney Looser

From its American-as-apple-pie birth as an endurance skating competition in the 1930s, to its professional-wrestling-like heyday in the 1970s, roller derby was embraced in twentieth-century pop culture for combining brutality and beauty, especially in its women skaters. Then it went dormant.

Seed Grant Awardee: Andrew Maynard

Could we one day see athletes who have been genetically modified from birth to outperform their “natural” competitors? And if so, how do we navigate the legal, social and ethical landscape that will inevitably arise around the use and abuse of such technology?