UCF’s Lapchick Joined Pope Francis at Vatican Conference on Sport, Humanity

UCF’s Lapchick Joined Pope Francis at Vatican Conference on Sport, Humanity

Richard Lapchick, a UCF eminent scholar and endowed chair known internationally as the “racial conscience of sport,” was among the 150 global delegates invited to join Pope Francis last week for the Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference. According to the Vatican, “the goal of the conference is to create a place where thought […]

Lapchick to Receive Harvard Behavioral Health Award

Richard Lapchick, director of UCF’s DeVos Sport Business Management program, will be honored Friday by Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Center with the Harvard Impact Global Health Catalyst Distinguished Leader Award for his work with cognitive and behavioral health in sports. Lapchick, a human-rights activist, proponent of racial equality and an internationally recognized […]

The Failure of College Sport as an Equal Opportunity Employer

As someone who has worked for institutions of higher education for more than four decades, it is especially embarrassing for me that colleges have the worst record in sports for hiring women and people of color. UCF’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released the 2013 College Sport Racial and Gender Report Card this […]

Racial Gap Persists in March Madness Teams' Graduation Rates

The gap in graduation rates between white and black men’s college basketball student-athletes remains nearly 25 percent for the teams competing in the NCAA basketball tournament. Richard Lapchick, director of UCF’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, on Monday published his annual study of the academic performance of the teams competing in the 68-team […]


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Hearts for the Homeless Orlando

The “Hearts for the Homeless Orlando” movement was born when the three honors students learned that hypertension is one of the leading causes of death among homeless people. Every Monday and Tuesday evening, they set up tables, chairs and blood-pressure monitors in a parking lot behind downtown’s St. George Greek Orthodox Church, where more than 50 homeless people regularly gather there for meals provided by Straight Street Orlando and other charitable groups.