The Power of Sports to Change American Ideals

  When the now former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the national anthem in a preseason game in the summer of 2016, he set off far reaching political waves. He empowered other players to follow suit and provoked the sitting United States president to lash out at kneeling players. But Kaepernick […]

The Power of Japanese Sports 

I first started thinking deeply about the power of sports when I lived in a small town in rural Japan called Mima, in the early 2000s. At the time, I had little Japanese language ability, few friends, and an unremarkable social life. I was a 22-year-old English teacher fresh out of college, and this town […]

Dropping the Ball

The power of sports might be the greatest for a parent. Watching one’s child run, jump, or score is a true electric thrill. My son is nearly two years old, but when he puts the basketball in his two-foot bucket, the widest smile you can imagine overcomes me. [pquote]Judging LaVar for his “click-baity” comments alone […]