Program Evaluation in Sport

Supplemental material for this presentation can be accessed by clicking the link below.  At this link, you will find a full list of references used in the preparation of this systematic review.  In the same file, you will find a two-page chart that breaks down each of the 31 articles included in the systematic review. LINK: Full chart of articles included in the systematic review (+) Reference List Feel free to click through these slides if there if something you have missed. Advertisements Continue reading Program Evaluation in Sport

"Circle the wagons!" The problem of loyalty in the culture of college sports

What are the cultural aspects of college athletics that led employees of the athletic department and the university administration to cover-up the sexual abuses of revered coach Jerry Sandusky, who was sodomizing children for years in his dual role as the boss of the Second Line charity? Is Penn State football so revered in Pennsylvania that football coaches can’t be held accountable to the same moral and legal standards as all citizens? How come Sandusky wasn’t cut loose and dealt with in 1999, when charges first began to surface?

The answer lies in a disturbing part of the human psyche, in one of our tragic flaws that is essential for survival, but has also created its share of human misery throughout time. I’m talking about loyalty, which has the power to bind you to a group that means more than yourself, but also to blind you to the abuses that a group may make in its own interest.

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