I’m Hopeful the Power of Sport Will Expand to Spur Social Change

I'm Hopeful the Power of Sport Will Expand to Spur Social Change

I teach a class in the DeVos Sport Business Management graduate program at the University of Central Florida on ethical and moral principles in sport. Last week we welcomed a distinguished panel to our class, which included: Charlie Freeman, executive vice president of the Orlando Magic; Linda Landman-Gonzalez, vice president for government affairs and community […]

  • History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors

    There is a reason we study Russian and European history as an integral part of our history curriculum. History is required from pre-K to college because it is a vital part of knowing how you and your country came to be.   History also helps shape perceptions about the people being studied. However, no matter […]

  • Don't be a Leader Who Turns Around to Look – and Nobody is Following

    From time to time I am invited to speak at gatherings of various groups and organizations.  Corporations are often intrigued by the inner workings of an athletic team that has demonstrated success on the field of play. Teamwork is essential to the productivity and maximization of corporations, businesses, or the workplace. I’m invited into their […]

  • Corrective Lenses Needed When Looking at Race Issues

    His name was Eddie, and he was a lot like me. We both were studious, scrawny and 11 years old at the time. He wore a starched white shirt with sharply creased sleeves and heavy-rimmed glasses that probably brought teasing from classmates. We sat awkwardly – mostly in silence – at the end of a […]


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  • Bearing Witness Even When It Seems Too Much to Bear

    My husband wanted to go to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest last summer as we traveled in Germany. We were planning our itinerary for our time in Munich and I responded as if he’d just admitted to buying tickets for “The Jerry Springer Show.” Why would I want to go to the Alps retreat where Hitler hung […]

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A Bold Move

A bold move by UCF. 30,000 jobs. And billions in economic development. The only project of its kind. Some call it a game changer. We call it a medical city. With research, hospitals and a College of Medicine…we’re transforming and savings lives. I’m Rick Walsh, UCF Class of ’77.