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A World Above

Some of the planet’s most gifted college athletes are converging this month on Taipei, Taiwan, for the 29th World University Summer Games. More than 300 student-athletes representing more than 70 NCAA member schools are part of delegations that will compete for gold, silver and bronze as well as spread awareness of the American college athletics model.

Opening ceremonies for the second-largest multisport event on the globe — only the Olympics are bigger — are scheduled for Aug. 19. In 2017, athletes from 131 countries will compete among 22 sports.

The biennial


Concussion and college sports

The NCAA continues devoting resources to research, education and other efforts to make student-athletes safer.

2017 Theodore Roosevelt Award: Beth Brooke-Marciniak

Making a difference, particularly through inclusive leadership, is what drives Beth Brooke-Marciniak.

2017 Silver Anniversary Award: Susan Robinson Fruchtl

Susan Robinson Fruchtl, in her first year as athletics director at Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania), is now coaching her coaches and enjoying their successes with them.

2017 Silver Anniversary Award: Tommy Vardell

For Tommy Vardell, the transition from football to the business world was daunting, but invigorating.

2017 Silver Anniversary Award: Alonzo Mourning

After a decorated career, Mourning’s advice to his son has remained consistent: “I stress education.”

2017 Silver Anniversary Award: Heather Taggart

Heather Taggart has built a career around helping others: both her patients and young doctors who hope to follow in her footsteps.

2017 Silver Anniversary Award: Troy Vincent

Former Wisconsin standout learned at a young age that it is better to give than to receive.

2017 Silver Anniversary Award: Ty Detmer

Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Ty Detmer has returned to Brigham Young as the offensive coordinator.

Remembering 9/11

On the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we look back at how the tragedies affected college athletics.


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