CSL Daily

May 30, 2014

CSL Faculty Presents “eFANgelism” Research at NASSM


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CSL faculty members Dr. Brendan Dwyer (pictured above) and Dr. Carrie LeCrom presented their research at the annual NASSM (National American Society of Sports Managers) Conference in Pittsburgh. Their “eFANgelism” study created a scale to measure fans’ behavior beyond typical consumption of games, merchandise, and information. The research revealed that the most reverent fans will often take their fandom to a level in which they advocate the supremacy of their team to others, advertise their team, assimilate with other fans, and even antagonize friends and family members who are fans of opposing teams.

To learn more about the study, email Dr. Brendan Dwyer at


May 29, 2014

Service Learning Reflection

As part of Dr. LeCrom’s Leadership in Sport class, each student is required to volunteer Tiffanie_Couts.JPG
20 hours with a local sports related non-profit organization or agency.  Upon completion, each student must compose a reflection of what they learned through their community service.

Here is the video reflection from recent CSL graduate Tiffanie Couts.
She is currently the Director of Basketball Operations for
the University of Minnesota Women’s Basketball program.

May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou’s Olympic Poem

World renown poet & author Maya Angelou died this morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86 years old. Her works have served as inspiration to millions across the globe.

Her connection to sports may seem tenuous. However, Angelou had been set to appear this week at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon, but canceled in recent days citing an unspecified illness.

In 2008, Angelou wrote a poem to commemorate the Beijing Olympics. She recited her words in this video. The text is below.

“Amazement Awaits”

Sheer amazement awaits
Amazement luxuriant in promise
Abundant in wonder
Our beautiful children arrive at this Universal stadium
They have bathed in the waters of the world
And carry the soft silt of the Amazon, the Nile,
The Danube, the Rhine, the Yangtze and the Mississippi
In the palms of their right hands.
A wild tiger nestles in each armpit
And a meadowlark perches on each shoulder.
We, the world audience, stand, arms akimbo,
Longing for the passion of the animal
And the melody of the lark
The tigers passion attend the opening bells,
The birds sing of the amazement which awaits.
The miracle of joy that comes out of the gathering of our best, bringing their best,
Displaying the splendor of their bodies and the radiance of their agile minds to the cosmos.
Encouragement to those other youth caught in the maws of poverty,
Crippled by the terror of ignorance.
They say Brothers and Sisters, Yes, try. Then try harder.
Lunge forward, press eagerly for release.
The amazement which awaits is for you.
We are here at the portal of the world we had wished for
At the lintel of the world we most need.
We are here roaring and singing.
We prove that we can not only make peace, we can bring it with us.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can compete passionately without hatred.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can take pride in the achievement of strangers.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can share openly in the success of friends.
Here then is the Amazement
Against the odds of impending war
In the mouth of bloody greed
Human grace and human spirit can still conquer.
Ah … We discover, we ourselves
Are the Amazement which awaits
We are ourselves Amazement.


May 27, 2014

Hat Tip Tuesday

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Each Tuesday, we offer a “tip of the hat” to current and former students who have been hired, promoted, or embarked on new opportunities.



  • Lindsay Biggs (’13) has been hired as the Director of Recruiting Operations for Florida State Women’s Basketball.  Biggs was an ACC All Academic basketball player at Virginia Tech and played professionally in Israel and the Netherlands before enrolling at the Center for Sport Leadership. Following graduation, Lindsay worked at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando as a sales and programming representative. She was also a sales rep for the Orlando Magic.alex moore
  • Alex Moore (’09) is now the Director of Stewardship for the YMCA of Greater Richmond. For the past five years, Alex has held related positions a VCU.  Most recently, she was the Assistant Director of Donor Relations and the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Communication. Alex has also been the Director of Stewardship for VCU Athletics.

May 20, 2014

Hat Tip Tuesday

Each Tuesday, we offer a “tip of the hat” to current and former students who have been hired, promoted, or embarked on new opportunities.

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  • Hannah Wagner (’13) has accepted a Communications/PR position with the
    Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. Most recently, Hannah worked as Strategic Ticketing Manager at University of Virginia
  • Tommy Saunders (’04) has accepted a position with Octagon. Tommy will be an Account Manager in the company’s Huntersville, North Carolina office. Most recently, Tommy was an Account Manager for GMR Marketing in Charlotte.
  • Jonathan Johnston (’13) , assistant baseball coach at UC-San Diego, helped the Tritons to their fifth CCAA tournament title in the last six seasons and six in all, pushing the Tritons ahead of Sonoma State at five for the most tournament titles in the CCAA Baseball Championship’s 16-year history. UC-San Diego fell short in the NCAA Division Two West Region Final to Chico State. 

May 19, 2014

New Addition to CSL Workroom

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This is now hanging in the workroom. Maya Smart, who wrote about her “Win Anyway” philosophy for our blog,  had these posters made up and she graciously gave two of them to the CSL.  The other is hanging outside Dr LeCrom’s office.

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If you don’t know the story behind “Win Anyway”, read about it here.