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March 15, 2016
 

Do Sports Fuel Success in Other Areas?


Meredith Whitley, Ph.D., (center) collaborated with Alisha Johnson, M.S., at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (not pictured) and community leaders in Uganda to evaluate and expand sports opportunities for girls.

Meredith Whitley, Ph.D., (center) collaborated with Alisha Johnson, M.S., at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (not pictured) and community leaders in Uganda to evaluate and expand sports
opportunities for girls.

Sports hold a special place in the hearts of many, but can playing sports make a person more successful? An article in the New York Observer covers the “mounting evidence” that playing sports can boost personal and professional success. Meredith Whitley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education who recently helped the school launch a specialization in Sport-Based Youth Development, is one of a number of top experts quoted.

Dr. Whitley pointed out that in order for sports programs to promote transferable life skills, the programs must be properly designed. “We must create environments in sport settings where athletes are actively planning and practicing the transfer of life skills into other domains,” Dr. Whitley said. “This is applicable for all individuals, regardless of gender, ability, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.”

Read the full coverage in the New York Observer.

 

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