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Just Like Family

After this past fall’s events in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kevin Trainor can’t help but find himself drawn to a university, an athletics program and a family hurting from yet another incomprehensible tragedy.

The Voice They Found Was Never Lost

The football program’s black athletes felt it was time to take a stand. They were upset about discriminatory treatment and threatened to boycott. Their voices were joined by others on campus, amplifying the protest. Soon, sweeping changes came to the university, improving staff diversity and promoting inclusive values.

An honest appraisal can change course of student-athletes

Growing up in rural South Carolina, sports were always an integral part of my life. This inclination followed me into my days as a young man, when I dreamed of one day becoming an NBA player and emulating Jo Jo White of the Boston Celtics. Then, I met Dr. Elizabeth Bethel.

Coaching Certification Will Help Ensure Safety

Each year our athletes are challenged to run faster and jump higher. The physical demands required of them continue to escalate. The need for a person who is certified in the proper exercises to attain these goals while ensuring safety and preventing injuries is vital.

Prescribing a New Tactic

There’s a good chance you never considered painkiller use to be an epidemic, but there is another side to their use: the easy introduction to their potent high through initial prescriptions; ready access to more pills through black markets; and eventually, a pathway to dangerous street drugs.

Playing, Practice Seasons Get Look

A comprehensive evaluation of rules governing Division III playing and practice seasons has begun in earnest. We hope to ensure our model for college athletics is sustainable and continues to serve the best interests of our schools and student-athletes.

What took so long?

Michael Sam answered many questions in February, when the Missouri lineman chose to own his story and announce two months before the NFL Draft that he was gay. They were tinged with the inevitable sensationalism: Was the NFL ready for an openly gay player? How would his teammates react? Would it impact Sam’s draft status?

Point of view

“Is this starting to feel less and less like a basketball game?”

Preserving balance is in best interest of student-athletes

Faculty athletics representatives work on a day-to-day basis to support student-athlete well-being as well as to promote academic integrity. As such, FARs are uniquely positioned to comment on student-athletes and their role within a university.

Lessons learned live on

Eric Roberts can eloquently describe every feeling he went through from December through late February – the pain of traumatic injury, relief of recovery, the tightened connection with his team, the pain of losing a friend and all the discovery that came with it.

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